Benny Coulter's championship looks to be over before it even begins after suffering a suspected broken ankle on Monday night.
The Down forward was injured while playing for his club Mayobridge in a league match against Bryansford and while the extent of the damage is unknown, manager James McCartan has confirmed he will definitely miss the Ulster SFC opener against Fermanagh on June 3.
If scans confirm a broken ankle McCartan believes the 2010 All Star will not play any part in the Anglo-Celt race.
"It doesn't sound good, there is no point saying otherwise. He's potentially got a broken ankle so we are planning without him. It's a huge blow," McCartan is quoted as saying in the Irish Star.
McCartan is also worried about the availability of Dan Gordan, who is currently sidelined with the ankle injury he picked up in the Allianz Football League clash with Laois earlier this year.
"If there was two men you wouldn’t want to be without, it’s those two," McCartan admitted in the Irish Examiner. "Benny’s injury is serious. To the exact extent we’re not sure but it’s looking like a break.
"We would dearly love to have Benny Coulter playing for us but we will need to have an extended stay in the championship for him to make an appearance."