Antrim captain Paddy Cunningham, who led the county to its first Ulster final in 39 years has sustained a fractured cheekbone and a broken bone around his eye while playing for his club Hannahstown
Cunningham also led the Saffrons in their All-Ireland qualifier against Kerry on Sunday and suffered the injury on Monday when he was struck off the ball.
He will see a surgeon later in the week and is expected to undergo surgery.
Meanwhile Tommy Carr is still willing to subject himself to the whims of Cavan County Board after a decision on his future was postponed for nine days.
Carr's managerial reign in Cavan is hanging in the balance but support from players is gathering with the county's leading forward Seanie Johnston coming out strongly in his favour.
This may amount to nothing however when the Board gather on Wednesday of next week after club delegates return with mandates from their clubs on the issue.
In a dramatic twist it emerged that a majority of Cavan's management committee, who met prior to Monday night's meeting, were in favour of Carr remaining in place.
This differs from what Carr claims he was told by county secretary Liam McCabe and chairman Phil Smith when they met him in Mullingar on Thursday night.
Carr maintains McCabe suggested it would be better for him to resign rather than face a vote of no confidence that he might not win.
“It's confusing. On Friday morning I was gone. I even told my family that.
“On Monday evening I told my kids that if they heard in the morning on the radio or read it in a paper that I had been fired that it wasn't the case. The people in Cavan were only giving me a break,” he said.
“The way the secretary put it on Thursday night I was gone. But now it emerges that the majority of the management committee are behind me,” said the former Dublin captain and manager.
Cavan lost to Antrim and Wicklow in the championship and that has triggered much concern in the county as to what direction the county is heading.
But Carr has maintained that the Board officers who appointed him knew they had to take a certain direction to try and change the “culture” in the county.