Damien Comer is not expecting to return to the field of play until mid-June at least.
The Tribesmen’s captain missed the league campaign due to a fractured ankle he sustained in a charity soccer match on St Stephen’s Day.
He only underwent surgery on the injury in early March after an initial scan failed to reveal the full extent of the damage.
He will remain sidelined for the reigning Connacht champions’ provincial opener against London and a possible semi-final clash with Sligo and is hoping to be available for the final - if they get that far.
“It's nearly seven weeks post-operation now,” the Annaghdown clubman remarked to the Irish Independent.
“Just rehabbing away. It's a bit slower than I expected, I thought I'd be further on than I am. But the physio and doctors are saying mid-June for a return to play. That'll leave me with missing the first game anyway.
“Then we'll see what happens, if we make it to the Sligo game, I'll miss that as well. I've got to keep my own side of things, ready to go back whenever.”Tweet