All-Ireland winning captain in 2008, James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick is poised to make a comeback to the Kilkenny starting 15 for Sunday's SHC semi-final clash with Cork.
Fitzpatrick, who played no part in last season's All-Ireland final, is set to benefit from the injury to Michael Rice who has only just had plaster removed from a broken bone in his hand.
In defence, Brian Hogan, is expected to hang on to his number six jersey while John Tennyson could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
For Cork, Seán óg ó hAilpín, is due to make a return to the Rebel half-back line while Jerry O'Connor will be named in attack despite carrying a hamstring injury over from the drawn Munster final three weeks back. However, corner-back, Shane O'Neill, is considered a major doubt owing to a similar injury.
Bradley: I'll honour deal
ANTRIM football boss, Liam Bradley, has committed himself to the Saffrons for another season despite ongoing speculation that he could be in line to replace Damian Cassidy in his native Derry. Bradley has served two years of a three-year term in Antrim but Cassidy's decision to stand down in the Oakleaf county prompted talk of a return to Derry for Bradley.
However, Bradley -- whose two sons, Eoin and Paddy, played for Derry this year -- quashed the rumours and underlined his commitment to the Antrim cause.
"I'll honour what I said I'd do with Antrim," said Bradley.
"At the start, I got a three-year contract with them and I intend to stay here the three years.
"I want to see Derry doing well. But at the end of the day, I'm building a team in Antrim."