The Galway County Board have issued a statement on the injury which star player Joe Canning suffered against Waterford last weekend.
Galway were chasing the game late on when Canning was subject to a challenge as he approached the Waterford goal. He required significant attention after the incident and was eventually stretchered off to receive further medical attention.
The County Board have confirmed on Saturday that Canning injured his groin in the incident, will require surgery and is expected to be out for between 14 and 16 weeks.
In a further blow to the County's hopes of winning the All-Ireland this season, the Board also confirmed that Fintan Burke damaged his cruciate knee ligaments during a club match and will not be available for the remainder of the season.
Commenting on the injuries, Galway manager Michaél Donoghue said: "I, and all the team wish Joe and Fintan a speedy recovery from their injuries. They were both very unlucky to pick up injuries at this stage in the season.
“Even by his own high standards, Joe Canning’s performances this year have been exceptional. He is in good spirits and has a positive mindset facing surgery and rehab period.”
“Fintan Burke is an exceptional young talent and his injury is a difficult blow in what was shaping up to be a great season for him. He was outstanding in St.Thomas' run to the All-Ireland Hurling Club Final and is determined to get back playing for his club and Galway.”
“I, our medical and support team will be working with Joe and Fintan closely to help with their recoveries and return to the squad," he added.
Waterford are due to take on All-Ireland champions Limerick in the National Hurling League final on Sunday after a superb display from Cian Lynch led them to victory over Dublin last weekend.