SEAN Powter could make a dramatic return to the Cork team to play Tyrone in Saturday’s do-or-die Super 8 game at Croke Park (5pm).
“He is back to full-training and will be available for selection,” according to coach Ronan McCarthy.
The Douglas speedster torn a hamstring in a challenge game against Laois at the start of May and wasn’t expected to return until the end of the month.
A different hamstring injury forced Powter to miss practically all of 2018.
He returned for the league game against Meath in March only to suffer another hamstring injury.
Killian O’Hanlon, who missed the 5-18 to 1-17 defeat to All-Ireland champions, Dublin, on Saturday, is also tipped to play along with Eoghan McSweeney.
The Knocknagree player missed the Munster final defeat to Kerry.
“The key thing now is rest and recovery with a bit of video analysis. “One of the questions is to did we move away from what we did so well in the first 15 minutes, when it was working so well for us.
“Anyone looking at the game can see there is a fine team developing there.
“There is no point in waiting for next year. We must try and do what we can now,” McCarthy added.
Cork’s analysis will centre on the concession of those three late goals, which didn’t reflect their contribution to an entertaining game.
“We had huge expectations of ourselves. We came up to win. We need to be a bit more solid, a bit more clever and not be opened up as we were.
“The expectation was that Dublin would pull away in the second-half after going in six points clear.
“But, it was like the Kerry game because we didn’t lie down though Dublin always seemed to be in control of the game.
“It’s something we are going to have to learn,” he added.