Armagh star Alex Clarke looks set for another season on the sidelines after suffering a nasty knee injury.
Clarke missed out on Armagh’s run to the Division Two final and the All-Ireland quarter-final last year through injury.
It was an injury to her right knee that kept her out of the 2022 campaign, while it’s her left knee that has been injured this year.
The Crossmaglen sharpshooter played in Armagh’s first three league games against Cavan, Roscommon and Monaghan.
Clarke scored in all three encounters, rattling off 1-3 across the games with the goal coming against Monaghan.
Armagh manager Shane McCormack said his side are “absolutely devastated” that Clarke has picked up another injury.
“We’re absolutely devastated for her,” said the Armagh boss, who is in his first year in charge. “And I know the girls were very upset over the last couple of weeks.
“She was injured last year, and she came back fighting, so I know that’s the kind of girl she is. She’ll come back fighting again and recover this year as well.
“She is still one of the girls here. It’s devasting but we know she’ll come back. She’s a fantastic player and has a great eye for goal.”
Armagh’s win over Westmeath last weekend stretched their winning streak to six in a row and secured their spot in the Division Two final.
Goals from Lauren McConville, Aimee Mackin and Kelly Mallon saw the Orchard County ease to a 15-point victory.
They take on Tipperary this weekend in the final round of action and could possibly also face Tipp in the league decider.
“The old cliché, we’ll take one game at a time and that’s what we will do,” added McCormack.
“It’s our last league game and we’ll just keep going out and trying to perform and win. We’ll keep the momentum going and that’s very important.”