Meath hurling senior captain Sean Geraghty is set for a spell on the sideline after being injured in a challenge game last weekend.
Geraghty, who was only last weekend named as Meath captain for the year, took a blow to his midriff during the second half of the clash against Derry, which incidentally was his first time to lead the side out.
The experienced defender played on for the remainder of the game, but needed hospital treatment later that night where it was found that he had damaged his spleen.
The Kilskyre/Moylagh clubman was then rushed to the Mater Hospital where he is currently being treated and he could be out of action for up to three months.
This would see the primary school teacher in a race against time to be back for the start of the Christy Ring Cup, although getting back to health will be his first priority at the moment.
Meath begin their NHL Division 2A with an away trip to Mayo this Sunday afternoon.