MARK Ellis is doubtful for Cork’s final game in the round-robin series of the Munster SHC against Waterford this Sunday.
If the Millstreet man is ruled out, the likelihood is that Eoin Cadogan will get his first start of the campaign.
Robbie O’Flynn, who was concussed in the opener against Clare, is unlikely to be considered for this game but will feature next Wednesday for the U21s against the Déise.
Cork boss John Meyler is not buying into the theory Waterford’s challenge will be undermined by their elimination from the provincial series. Cork need a win to secure a Munster final against Clare or Limerick, who meet in Ennis on Sunday.
“The way we are looking at the game is that it’s an old style Munster semi-final, one that if we win will put us into a Munster final.
“Waterford might be out in terms of qualification but they’ll want to ensure that they finish up on a high note.
“You have ‘Brick’ Walsh breaking the record on Sunday as the player who has played more championship games than anybody else and that will be a factor for them.
“Down the years Cork and Waterford have been involved in some incredible tussles and I expect them to come out fighting on Sunday.
“This game is our only focus right now and the objective is to get into the final."
Cork go into the game unbeaten in the series and, win, lose or draw, they are guaranteed to have one more game at least in the All-Ireland campaign.
“Our first objective was to be one of the three counties that came out of Munster. That in itself was always going to be hard but we have done that and that is pleasing but we want to go a step further now by making the final and then trying to retain the title.
“The aim will be to build on the previous games, get a good start and maintain that throughout."
Cork gathered in Fota last Saturday and, according to Meyler, it was a very worthwhile time down there.
“Yes, it gave us an opportunity to go through a few things, to iron out a few problems and issues that were there in previous games and from that viewpoint, it was very worthwhile.
“We had the weekend off after three games in 13 days while the others were in action and that gave us a chance to recharge the batteries.
“We saw Wexford there last week, their fourth game in four weeks and they were very good in the first- half but tired towards the end.
“So, hopefully, now the break will be of benefit to us in that regard.’’