Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin will miss their Leinster Hurling Championship quarter-final with Offaly in Tullamore next month.
It means Shefflin will not start a Championship game for the first time since making his debut in 1999.
The 11-time All-Star has been out since December after he went off injured during a club game for Ballyhale Shamrocks because of an ankle problem.
For the fourth time in five years, the nine-time All-Ireland winner went through off-season surgery.
He missed the Allianz League campaign due to his recovery.
Shefflin has confirmed he has a suffered a stress fracture after a setback during light training and has given up hopes of playing against the Faithful on 9 June.
He is also a doubt for a potential semi-final on 23 June and final on 7 July.