Jim Gavin's Dublin squad for the O'Byrne Cup is taking shape, but two players he won't be able to call upon are Alan Brogan and Eoghan O'Gara.
Dublin return to collective training this Saturday, but it was revealed yesterday that O'Gara has now joined Brogan on the sidelines with a hip injury.
Brogan is scheduled to shortly have an operation on a groin injury which has troubled him since late last summer, while O'Gara will also have surgery, on a hip problem. Both players will go through rehabilitation programmes after the surgery, which will take place sometime before Christmas.
"The injury has been there for a couple of seasons and now I finally have the chance to sort it out," explained O'Gara yesterday.
"I've had temporary treatment on it, but it is a long-standing injury and now I have a chance to get it sorted for once and for all. I'm targeting to be back in action somewhere towards the end of the league."
Whereas O'Gara's best hope is to be back at the end of the league, Gavin says he hopes to have Brogan back a little earlier.
Ciarán Kilkenny's departure to Australia means Gavin will be without another major talent for 2013, although that blow has been softened somewhat by the news that talented underage dual star Cormac Costello has committed to the footballers for the season.
The Whitehall Colmcille's man was the star of both the Dublin minor football and hurling teams this year, but football is his code of choice for 2013 at least. Costello will join up with the senior panel when his commitments with the Dublin U21s have come to an end.
Gavin says his panel is very much still in the making, and that he is open to new faces coming in, as well as some older faces making a return.
"There's very much an open door and guys can move in and out of the squad," he said.
"There is no 'locked down' squad at the moment. For players who might not be involved at this time that is the case.
"What we are looking for is guys that are performing and guys who are maybe going through a dip in form can maybe go back to their clubs and once we see them performing well with their clubs, they will get the opportunity to step back in."