CORK are hopeful Bill Cooper and Alan Cadogan will be in contention to feature against Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds next Sunday.
Cooper was withdrawn before the throw-in against Tipperary with a back problem but the likelihood is that he should be fit to start against the All-Ireland champions.
Cadogan has had a series of injuries going back to the knee issue that kept him out last summer, most recently picking up a knock in a challenge match with Dublin, but may yet be on the bench for the crunch tie on Shannonside.
Colm Spillane has been marked absent all year but should come into the mix for the visit of the Déise to Páirc Uí Chaoimh on June 8. Cork’s last game of the Munster round-robin series is away to Clare a week later.
Meanwhile, the status quo will prevail in Limerick, as they draw from the core of the team that were far too strong for Waterford in the Allianz Hurling League final.
Given Cork’s failure to Tipperary last Sunday in the championship opener, Limerick will be firm favourites, but there will be an awareness too by John Kiely that Cork have a lot to prove and are likely to come out with all guns blazing trying to secure an early foothold in the game.
There are no major injury concerns in the Limerick camp and their biggest problem could be who to leave out given the depth of the squad.
Full-back Mike Casey is back from injury, though Tom Condon could hold him out of the starting line-up. Peter Casey featured ahead of Seamus Flanagan in the spring, which is likely to be the situation again this weekend.