SEAN POWTER'S long-awaited return from a hamstring injury which ruined his 2018 season is expected on Saturday for Cork's crunch division 2 game with Meath at Páirc Uí Rinn at 7pm.
The 21-years-old Douglas player hasn't played with Cork since the opening game of last year's campaign against Tipperary at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, when he suffered a serious tear.
Apart from a few cameo appearances with his club, the UCC student spent most of 2018 on the sidelines, but is now earmarked for inclusion in the 26-strong match-day panel.
Cork manager, Ronan McCarthy, earmarked this game for Powter's likely comeback though whether that's from the start or introduced from the bench remains to be seen.
The Rebels, who sit bottom of the table with one point from three games, have injury concerns in defence after Jim Loughrey (groin) and Liam O'Donovan (knee) had to be replaced during the last game against Clare and are both out.
Loughrey limped off after only 10 minutes to be replaced by O'Donovan, who didn't finish the game either and is out of the reckoning, when the team is expected to be named later tonight.
A hamstring injury has also sidelined Sean White while captain Ian Maguire and Mark Collins will be assessed for minor bumps and bruises.
McCarthy was also keeping an eye on last night's Sigerson Cup final which featured goalkeeper Mark White and full-back Kevin Flahive in the UCC side that played St Mary's, Belfast.
College captain, Cian Kiely, is also part of the Cork squad, but unlike the other pair, hasn't figured in the league yet.
The prospect of playing three games in six days will be uppermost in the selectors' deliberations.
Kevin Crowley is also returning from a shoulder injury suffered in the McGrath Cup.
Kerry manager Peter Keane awaited news on the well-being of key forward Sean O'Shea from the same for the Kingdom's visit to play Galway division 1 on Sunday.
The talented Kenmare Shamrocks player, who has played in all three games for the new boss, is the division's top scorer with 0-26 and scored 2-13 in College's march to the final.
Another Kerry player on duty last night, Brian Begley, misses the Tuam game due to suspension while Keane expects to have David Clifford and James O'Donoghue back from injury in the coming weeks. Kerry top division 1 with full points.