Richie Power is pushing hard for Aidan Fogarty’s place in attack after scoring 1-1 in a substitute’s role against Galway but sources have indicated that Cody will persevere with Fogarty.
Elsewhere, former Hurler of the Year JJ Delaney should hold off the challenge of James Ryall at left half back and Brian Hogan will start ahead of John Tennyson at centre half back.
Team selector Martin Fogarty said: “On any given day we sit down and pick a team as we see fit for a given match. We thrash things around and get a feel for a particular day – we’re always leaving lads off who we would love to put on but that’s a good way to be.
“How do you divide lads? It’s very difficult. How you do divide Tennyson from Hogan, Lyng from Mullally, Lyng from Fennelly?”
Meanwhile, substitute Donncha Cody, son of team manager Brian, is definitely ruled out with a shoulder injury. Fogarty revealed: “It didn’t come right yet. We’re not sure how he picked up the injury, if it was in training or in a match. It could be one of these injuries that doesn’t surface for a while.”
Not unexpectedly, Cork’s minor hurling selectors have given a vote of confidence to the team which trounced Galway in last Sunday’s quarter final for tomorrow’s ESB All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin in Portlaoise (7 pm).
The only change on the Dublin team from that which defeated Kilkenny 2-14 to 1-10 in the Leinster final sees Alan McMullan come in to partner Darren Whelan at midfield.
Meanwhile the dates for the All-Ireland U-21 hurling championship semi-finals have been announced. Newly crowned Munster champions Cork will play Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final in Thurles, on Saturday, August 18 at 3.30pm with Dublin playing Derry in Newry the same day at 6 pm. Derry shocked favourites Antrim in the Ulster final on Wednesday night winning 2-16 to 1-18.
DUBLIN (MHC v Cork): F McGarry (Ballyboden St Enda’s); O Gough (Cuala), E Walsh (Ballyboden St Enda’s), P Schutte (Cuala); P Buckeridge (Ballyboden St Enda’s), R O’Carroll (Kilmacud Crokes), P Kelly (Lucan Sarsfields); A McMullan (Ballyboden St Enda’s), D Whelan (Crumlin); J Cooper (Na Fianna), D Treacy (Cuala), B O’Rourke (Kilmacud Crokes); N McMurrow (Ballyboden St Enda’s), P Garbutt (Nh Barrog), W Brogan (Na Fianna).
CORK (MHC v Dublin): D McCarthy (Sliabh Rua); C Hurley (Carrigaline), A Kearney (Midleton), K Murphy (Erins Own); L McLoughlin (Kanturk), J Herlihy (Newtownshandrum), C O’Donovan (Valley Rovers); S Farrell (Midleton), D O’Sullivan (Ballinascarthy); P Gould (Na Piarsaigh), M Bowles (Newtownshandrum), M O’Mahony (Sliabh Rua); L O’Farrell (Midleton), D Stack (Buttevant), R Clifford (Newtownshandrum).
GALWAY (MFC v Carlow): O Higgins (Corofin); D Rhattigan (Dunmore McHales), C Forde (Killererin), K Kelly (Ballinasloe); C Doherty (Tuam Stars), D O’Reilly (Oughterard), T Fahy (Killererin); P Conroy (St. James), A Griffin (Leitir Mor); JJ Greaney (Oughterard), T Walsh (Renvyle), E O’Mahony (Salthill-Knocknacarra); J Ryan (Killerrin-Clonberne), M Martyn (Cortoon Shamrocks), D Reddington (Dunmore McHales).