Richie Hogan could be in line to play a more prominent part for Kilkenny in next Sunday's Leinster SHC final repla in Thurles.
Hogan, whose appearances over the past two years have been severely limited by a chronic back injury, came on with 12 minutes to play in last Sunday's drawn match with Galway in Croke Park.
He set up Enda Morrissey for a vital late score and almost put Walter Walsh in for an unlikely winner in injury time.
Speaking afterwards about Hogan's level of fitness, Brian Cody insisted: "He's there, he's a very important part of our panel and he's had a very tough time of it up until recently.
"He's back n the training pitch full-time and he's a terrific option to have there."
Cody withdrew both of his wing-forwards and both corner-forwards on Sunday, although Colin Fennelly is also back in the frame to start against Galway after coming off the bench late on Sunday.
Both Fennelly and Hogan started Kilkenny's previous game - their 0-22 to 1-18 victory over Wexford in Nowlan Park in their final match of the round robin stage of the Leinster SHC - although they were both substituted at half-time.
Meanwhile, GAA President John Horan says the should keep Croke Park for GAA-only purposes during the months of July and August in future.
The Leinster SHC final was fixed for Thurles next Sunday at 3.0 because of then Michael Bublé concert that will take place in Croke Park on Saturday night.