The former Cork minor is included at left half-forward, with Conor McCarthy moving to centre-forward and Micheál Ó Cróinín taking over at full-forward.
Philip Clifford is given the all-clear to play at right corner-forward but injuries have ruled Colin Corkery, Derek Kavanagh, Ciaran O’Sullivan, Nicholas Murphy and Maurice McCarthy out of the line-up.
Westmeath boss Páidí Ó Sé will be without captain David O’Shaughnessy for the visit of his former Kerry charges to Mullingar on Sunday.
O’Shaughnessy twisted his knee in last Sunday’s defeat to Dublin and will be out of action for up to a month.
“Playing against my native county is a game I could do without right now, but we’ll get on with it,” said Ó Sé, whose side need to win their three remaining games to remain in the top flight.
Wexford coach Pat Roe waits on fitness reports on John Hudson and Willie Carley before naming his team to play Cavan.
Hudson retired with a groin injury during Sunday’s victory over Sligo while Carley is due to have an x-ray tomorrow on the broken cheek bone he received a month ago against Meath.
Limerick, smarting from a four goal defeat at the hands of Galway last Sunday, get the chance to bounce back when they take on Meath at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.
However, coach Liam Kearns will again be without Jason Stokes, who is recovering from a broken toe. Long term injury concerns Conor Fitzgerald and Brian Begley are still unavailable.
Meath manager Sean Boylan is likely to name Trevor Giles and Ollie Murphy in his starting side after both impressed when introduced against Laois. Both teams will be named tonight.
Dublin dual player Conal Keaney plays with the hurlers against Waterford on Saturday before turning his attention to the football clash with Fermanagh in Enniskillen 24 hours later.
Dublin have no injury worries from the Westmeath match, and will pick from a full squad.
Tyrone will try and pick up the pieces following the tragic death of Conor McAnallen in Sunday’s clash with Mayo in Castlebar.
Conor Gormley underwent an appendix operation yesterday and will be out of action for at least a month.
Galway manager John O’Mahony has a number of injury worries ahead of the game against Laois. Kevin Walsh (toe), Barry Dooney (hamstring) and Gary Fahy (hip) are all receiving treatment and the team won’t be announced until tomorrow night.
(SF v Longford): K. O'Dwyer; S. O'Brien, G. Canty, N. O'Leary; E. Sexton, A. Lynch, M. Cronin; D. Hurley, M. O'Sullivan; A. Cronin, C. McCarthy, K. McMahon; P. Clifford, M. O'Croinin, C. Crowley.