Kilkenny's injury list is growing ahead of next month's All-Ireland SHC final against Tipperary as Tommy Walsh, one of their lynchpin defenders, is currently receiving medical advice for a shoulder injury he sustained this afternoon.
Walsh exited the pitch during the second half of Tullaroan's 3-21 to 2-13 loss to James Stephens in their Senior Hurling League Group A tie at Nowlan Park.
The 27-year-old was taken to hospital afterwards for tests. He damaged his left shoulder during a second half clash with county colleague Jackie Tyrrell.
The seven-time All-Star was not substituted straight away, and while he did not look in terrible discomfort, he was taken off with 10 minutes remaining in the match.
Tullaroan's backroom team immediately applied ice to Walsh's injured shoulder, and he later left the grounds wearing a sling as he headed to a local hospital for X-rays.
Speaking after the game, Tullaroan officials were unaware as to the extent of Walsh's injury, however the player himself suggested it was only a bit of bruising.
It is the latest concern for Kilkenny manager Brian Cody who is just one match away from clinching a famous All-Ireland five in-a-row. Last week talismanic forward Henry Shefflin was ruled out of the final with a knee injury.
Walsh joins a growing list of casualties which includes John Tennyson, Brian Hogan and Michael Rice.