Towards the end of the first half in the All-Ireland semi-final between Galway and Tipperary, the Tribesmen suffered a major blow.
Galway were ahead on the scoreboard shortly before half-time when Joe Canning went down clutching his hamstring. He would not return to the action in the second half as eventual All-Ireland champions Tipp won the game by a point.
While the loss of Canning for that second half was probably a factor which decided the outcome of the game, Galway are lucky his absence is not permanent.
Speaking on Newstalk's Off The Ball on Wednesday night, Canning revealed just how close he came to tearing his hamstring from the bone.
It's not too bad. I'm getting the brace off one of the days so six weeks done after the operation. So rehab now for the next couple of months.
It's about six months altogether so hopefully I'll get back for a bit of the league next year and see how we go.
Probably a centimetre and a half away from ending my career so that's how lucky and unlucky I am in a way.
If it went off the bone, it would be a different story but there's still hope to try and get back anyway.
That's one and a half centimetres away from the same injury which Paul O'Connell suffered during the Rugby World Cup against France - the injury which eventually ended his career.