Fitzpatrick in for Rice
James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick is set to replace the injured Michael Rice in the Kilkenny midfield for Sunday's All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Cork.
Rice looks certain to miss the Croke Park clash due to a broken bone in a hand.
Derek Lyng is also in contention; manager Brian Cody is expected to turn to Fitzpatrick.
John Tennyson has been ruled out after suffering a knee injury in training last week.