Sydney Swans defender Tadhg Kennelly will miss the upcoming International Rules Series after undergoing surgery on a troublesome groin injury.
The Kerryman has had an injury-ravaged season in the AFL Premiership.
He dislocated his left kneecap in May and then dislocated his left shoulder twice during a game against Hawthorn in July.
He has had to play on during the latter part of the season with that groin problem and frequently, on the pitch, he required his troubled shoulder to be 'popped' back into place.
Kennelly, 27, had a groin adductor release operation on Wednesday and he is due to have his shoulder reconstructed in a fortnight's time.
He told the AFL website: "I love playing for Ireland and getting to play with the round ball which I don't get the opportunity to do all year. I'll just aim to be back in Croke Park next year.
"Had we (Sydney) have continued on into September (in the AFL play-offs), I probably could have played because I could have put back the surgery and I would have only had to delay it three or four weeks.
"But because we finished so early in the finals there would have been a six or seven-week gap."
This year's two-match Series between Ireland and Australia will take place on October 24 in Perth and October 31 in Melbourne.
Kennelly had to sit out the 2005 clashes between the countries due to an ankle injury, while he was absent too from the Ireland panel in 2003 when a double groin injury sidelined him.
Explaining the issues with his groin, he added: "There was a bit of damage in the adductor which was giving me a lot of pain when I was playing.
"I couldn't train properly for the last six weeks of the season. I could only train on my legs for about half an hour.
"My game-time was also limited because of it. If I had played the full first three quarters I wouldn't have been able to move in the last quarter."
Kennelly will stay in Australia for the International Rules games to give his assistance to Sean Boylan's Irish side as they attempt to win the Cormac McAnallen Cup for the first time since 2004.
"I'll hang on here and help out with the boys and do as much as I can to get a win for them."