Cork forward Daniel Goulding will be out of action for three months after undergoing surgery on his right ankle.
The player will miss the early stages of the Allianz Football League as a result of an injury he sustained against Down in the All-Ireland qualifier in July.
While Goulding did subsequently line out for his club Éire Óg, a scan revealed the problem had not gone away and he decided to undergo surgery to correct the problem in his tendon.
“The ankle was still niggling me so I went for a scan a few weeks ago to see how it was,” Goulding told The Examiner.
“When the results came back they saw that there was still damage to the tendon in the ankle. So I had to get the operation to get it sorted. If you put it off, there’s a chance it’d start giving trouble in the middle of the season and you’d miss games.
“It needed to be done and you’re better off getting an operation at this time of year when it’s quiet. I’ll miss the start of the league but all going well I’ll be back soon enough.”