Cork captain Pa Cronin is losing his battle to be fit for Sunday’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Tipperary.
The Bishopstown forward is rated as very doubtful as he bids to recover from the “uncomplicated fracture of his fibula” sustained in the Munster final victory over Limerick last month.
Mark Ellis, however, is available after recovering from his knee injury.
Speaking about Cronin, Cork selector Johnny Crowley told the Examiner: “It’s looking very doubtful but you’re always hoping.
“He has the protective boot off and he trained last Thursday and Saturday with us, but realistically he’s been in it for three weeks so it’s going to be a big ask to have him fit to play against Tipperary.
“We’ll give him every chance, obviously, to get right for the game.
“We’ll train tonight and discuss the possibilities afterwards and probably come to a decision then.
“As I say, we’ll give him every opportunity but he’s only done three full training sessions without the boot, so it’s a tall order.”
Cork and Tipperary meet on Sunday at 3.30pm in Croke Park.