EOIN Cadogan and Seamus Harnedy will be back in the starting 15 for Cork’s crucial NHL relegation showdown with Waterford at Pairc Ui Rinn next Sunday, 3 pm.
Cadogan was marked absent through illness for the trip to Thurles last Sunday but, according to Cork boss, John Meyler, he’s good to go again.
“Having those two back is a boost. Cadogan was missed against Tipperary while it was a similar situation with Harnedy.’’
Meyler revealed that Mark Ellis is not available with an Achilles injury while Damien Cahalane is still not ready to return.
“Damien is in good form but is still a week or two away from coming back in. We brought him with us to Thurles in the absence of Cadogan and we gave him the number three shirt in the puck around.
“Ellis is still out with an Achilles problem but we are getting there in terms of the injuries."
The Cork boss is under no illusions about the size of the task awaiting his team next Sunday when Waterford visit Leeside for the second time in a few weeks.
“Look, all games are critical and this one certainly is. We want to retain our Division 1A status and, at the same time, build up a bit of momentum before the championship.
“Waterford have beaten us once already and we don’t want a second loss from them. It’s important from our perspective that we have an impetus behind us going into what will be a hectic Munster championship schedule.
“The players will be going back to their clubs for a while then so signing off the league campaign with a win is very important for us.’’
The Cork starting 15 will be announced Friday night and the likelihood is that there will be a number of changes from last Sunday.
Cadogan will take possession of the number three shirt again, Harnedy will start too, renewing acquaintances with Barry Coughlan on the edge of the square.
Luke Meade is likely to start as well in attack after impacting off the bench against Tipperary with a brace of well-taken points.
Danny Kearney came in as a sub too that day, getting on the scoresheet with a point and he could be in from the start here while Lorcán McLoughlin should be in the starting equation too.
This will be Cork’s last competitive game before the Munster championship opener with Clare on May 20 in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.