Former captain Padraic Joyce is expected to miss the remaining games in Galway's National Football League campaign, with a niggling Achilles tendon problem keeping him sidelined.
Joyce underwent surgery on the injury last year but his recovery is taking longer than expected and medics have recommended that he continues with a rehabilitation programme.
The aim is to have the experienced forward back to full fitness in time for the Connacht Championship opener against New York on Sunday, May 2.
Galway manager Joe Kernan said: "A player of Padraic's class and experience is a great asset in any squad. Hopefully, he'll be back to full power and fitness for the Championship. That's the target now."
Kernan's side got back to winning ways with an impressive Division 1 dismissal of Monaghan last Sunday, and he is set to rotate his squad for this weekend's FBD League final against arch rivals Mayo.