There hasn't been much good news floating around for Waterford hurling boss Liam Cahill but the Déise manager will be now able to call on the services of Tadhg de Búrca for their Munster SHC semi-final with Cork later this month.
De Búrca picked up a cruciate knee ligament injury last August which ruled him out of this year's Allianz League campaign, but the former All-Star defender has made a smooth return to club action in recent months and is back to full fitness.
The 26-year-old's outstanding form for Clashmore-Kinsalebeg in the Waterford IHC is a big boost ahead of their Halloween date with the Rebels, especially considering their growing injury list.
Conor Prunty (calf) and Neil Montgomery (hamstring) are both on the mend from knocks picked up last month.
Conor Gleeson is another casualty, having limped out of The Nire's SFC semi-final loss to Ballinacourty on Saturday night.
The severity of Gleeson's hamstring injury is not yet clear but it's another headache which Cahill could do without, having kept faith with largely the same squad which he assembled after taking the reins from Páraic Fanning last autumn.
There have been no recalls for the experienced duo of Noel Connors or Maurice Shanahan, who were sensationally dropped this time last year, despite the All-Star pair impressing on club duty with Passage and Lismore respectively.