TIPPERARY forward Pat Kerwick could yet feature in the All-Ireland senior hurling final against Kilkenny after making a return to the county colours on Monday evening.
The Killenaule forward came on towards the end of a high-scoring 3-30 to 1-22 victory against Galway club side Portumna at Semple Stadium.
Tipp boss Liam Sheedy indicated recently that Kerwick would play no further part in this year's championship and suggested that the pacey wing-forward requires groin surgery.
Kerwick's 2010 season has been devastated by a persistent groin problem and his solitary competitive outing of the year in the blue and gold came against Offaly in the final national League match.
Attempted comebacks against Clare and Dublin in challenge matches both ended with Kerwick limping out of action and he has not featured for Tipperary in this year's championship.
Kerwick (28) picked off a couple of eye-catching scores against Portumna after coming on and while he is not in line to start the game, an appearance at some point in the second half may be possible.
The Tipp ace impressed in last year's All-Ireland final against Kilkenny and was hoping to cement his place this year in the half-forward line.
Kerwick's form in 2009 was rewarded with an All Star nomination and last Sunday evening, he was brought by his club for the south senior hurling final against Carrick Swan, which Killenaule lost.
Michael Cahill was the only player in line to start the All-Ireland final against the five-in-a-row chasing Cats to start against Portumna.
Forwards Pa Bourke and Seamus Callanan both impressed and are pushing desperately hard for starting places on Sunday week.
However, Sheedy is expected to announce an unchanged team from that which lined out against Waterford in the semi-final.