CLONMEL COMMERCIALS look set to be without star forward Colman Kennedy for Sunday's trip to Killarney to face Dr Crokes due to his soccer commitments with Cork City.
The Tipperary champions had already been installed as huge outsiders (13/2) for the clash.
The Leesiders' U-19 side are in cup action against Waterford United in Bishopstown on Sunday and that looks set take precedence for the multi-talented youngster, who last week captained Commercials' minor side to a third successive championship.
"He's in a very difficult spot. It hasn't been confirmed yet, but as it stands we are planning without him."
Kennedy, son of hurling great John, scored the winning goal in Tipperary's All- Ireland minor football final win over Dublin last year.
In a double blow for the Clonmel side, they are also without the suspended centre-forward Niall Kelly. Dr Crokes have doubts surrounding the fitness of midfielder Ambrose O'Donovan and full-back Michael Moloney, but will have the services of Colm Cooper, who turned down a trip to New York with the All Stars.
However, joint-manager Vince Casey sounded a note of caution. "They have several of the 2011 minor All-Ireland winning Tipperary side and the biggest threat is the fact that all these guys can play football, if we allow them play," Casey said.
"They have players who played with Tipperary when they beat Kerry in Tralee in the Munster U-21 final, so they will hold no fears coming to Killarney to play a Kerry side. Tipperary football has come on in leaps and bounds over the past couple of years, so we are very wary of them."