Wexford forward Rory O'Connor will find out this week whether or not he needs surgery on a troublesome knee injury.
Regardless of whether the St Martin's dual player does need an operation or not, the youngster is set for a spell on the sidelines, according to Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald.
O'Connor missed out on St Martin's Leinster club SHC semi-final defeat to Cuala a couple of weeks ago, having played through the pain barrier in previous weeks.
However, Fitzgerald told the Wexford People that O'Connor would need at least eight to ten weeks of rest, which would rule him out of start of the NHL.
"Rory needs eight to ten weeks rest. He may need an operation but that's still to be decided. He may not be available for early league games," said Fitzgerald.
The former Waterford and Clare manager added that they had returned to training for the 2018 campaign with some players given extra time off.
"We were back training last week, while the players had earlier been in the gym. Some are still resting, following late club involvement. As a result, we may be a little behind where we were at last year, but the fitness levels are still quite high, so it should not be a problem."