Henry Shefflin is in danger of missing his first Championship match for Kilkenny since 1999.
Team selector Martin Fogarty has said there is no timescale for the nine-time All-Ireland winner's recovery from a bone and ligament injury in his foot.
Fogarty said they will "just have to wait and see" if the foot heals on time.
Pa Cronin has been selected at wing forward for Cork's clash with Clare in the Allianz league Division 1A relegation final on Sunday.
Conor Lehane starts on the other wing while Lorcan McLoughlin and Daniel Kearney are in midfield with Christopher Joyce at centre back and Brian Murphy at full back.
Paudie O'Sullivan starts at centre forward while Cian McCarthy is on the bench.