Kilkenny's injury list grows ever longer ahead of Saturday's Leinster opener with Dublin at Nowlan Park.
Joey Holden is the latest to miss out, after injuring his hamstring this week. The defender is likely to miss at least one more game, with the Cats set to visit Netwatch Cullen Park on Sunday week to play Carlow.
Brian Cody comes into the game without goalkeeper Eoin Murphy, 2018 captain Cillian Buckley, James Maher, and full-back Conor Delaney.
Kilkenny head into the campaign off the back of an indifferent league campaign, which saw them record two victories in six games, against Cork and Tipperary.
They went on to lose to the Rebels in the play-off to decide league placings for next year.
The Cats have only lost to Dublin once in the Championship since 1942. That came back in 2013, under the old knockout system.
But manager Brian Cody tells RTÉ Sport that the greatest difficulty under the provincial format is the pressure it puts on squads.
"The big challenge really is matches come thick and fast," Cody told RTÉ Sport's Eamon Horan. "Injuries kick in, and it's just about getting rest and recovery and trying to be ready for the next game.
"Whereas before you'd have a few weeks of a gap between matches, now it's just rest and recovery. You play on one Sunday, and maybe the following Sunday, and you don't train in between times."
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