Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy has confirmed that Paudie O'Sullivan will play no part in the upcoming All-Ireland SHC final replay against Clare on September 28.
O'Sullivan had been hoping to make a surprise return in time for the rematch between the Munster rivals, but the game will come too soon for the young Cloyne forward.
He has been absent for Cork's entire 2013 Championship campaign after breaking the fibula and tibia in his right leg during a Cork Club SHC appearance for divisional side Imokilly against CIT in April.
O'Sullivan tweeted his delight yesterday at getting the pins taken out of his leg, but the younger brother of legendary Rebels defender Diarmuid O'Sullivan will not be back in time for the much-anticipated replay on Saturday week.
"The injury situation is very good. All the others are fine, except for Paudie O'Sullivan who hasn't responded as well as we were hoping and he's not available," Barry-Murphy told the Irish Daily Star.
While O'Sullivan remains sidelined, another of Cork's attacking contingent, Cian McCarthy, will be available for the replay after recovering from an ankle injury.
McCarthy returned to full training this week having twisted his ankle during his brief appearance off the bench in the drawn game - he replaced Lorcán McLoughlin in the 42nd minute but had to go off injured just eight minutes later, with Cathal Naughton brought on.
This will be Cork's sixth competitive meeting of the year with Clare - the Banner men won the first three and Cork prevailed in the Munster semi-final before the thrilling draw last time out.
Bookmakers have both counties priced at 'evens' to win the replay.