Cork corner forward Daniel Goulding has undergone surgery on his right ankle and faces three months on the sidelines.
The Eire Og clubman will miss the opening rounds of the Allianz Football League as a result of the injury which he sustained in the All-Ireland qualifier with Down in July.
The 25 year old has featured for his club since the injury however a scan revealed the problem remained and a decision to was made to undergo surgery to correct the problem in his tendon.
Speaking to the examiner, Goulding said “The ankle was still niggling me so I went for a scan a few weeks ago to see how it was,”.
“When the results came back they saw that there was still damage to the tendon in the ankle. So I had to get the operation to get it sorted. If you put it off, there’s a chance it’d start giving trouble in the middle of the season and you’d miss games.
“It needed to be done and you’re better off getting an operation at this time of year when it’s quiet. I’ll miss the start of the league but all going well I’ll be back soon enough.”