Waterford hurler Eddie Barrett has been ruled out for around two months because of a serious knee injury picked up in his side's Munster Hurling Championship quarter-final draw with Cork on Sunday.
Barrett was forced off 21 minutes into his first Championship start with his county when dislocating his right knee cap.
A specialist has ruled out surgery for the De La Salle man, having suffered the injury before, but he has been told that another recurrence would require an operation and bring an end to his season.
He told a number of national newspapers today: "It would be wicked disappointing to miss out for the whole year and I was happy when he said leave it set.
"I can't work for the next couple of weeks, which is a killer, but it could be worse. An operation would have seen me miss the rest of the season, probably club too.
"Once I'm off the crutches, I'll get back exercising as soon as I can – walking, swimming and then back running.
"The only fear is that there might be a bit of weakness in the knee, so if it goes again, I'd have to get a reconstruction. But hopefully it heals properly."