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Injury crisis strikes Laois as O’Loughlin ruled out

John O'Loughlin
John O'Loughlin has been named in Dubs stars team

The Laois senior footballers are facing an injury crisis ahead of their opening Allianz Football League game on Saturday against Louth.

John O’Loughlin picked up an horrific facial injury in a practice game against Clare in O’Moore Park on Friday night and could be out for up to six weeks.

O’Loughlin suffered concussion and a double fracture of his cheekbone and spent the night in Portlaoise Hospital.

“It was a clash of heads – completely accidental,” O’Loughlin told LaoisToday. “I’m meeting a specialist on Tuesday morning and I’ll know more then.

“I’m completely gutted. There’s a great setup there at the moment and was really looking forward to this weekend.”

Laois play three games in February – against Louth, Armagh and Tipperary – and O’Loughlin is likely now to miss all three. But he’s not the only one on the injured list.

Donie Kingston limped off during the game against Clare while Mark Timmons will miss the entire league after having a hip operation and Brendan Quigley and Evan O’Carroll are also expected to miss the first couple of rounds.

On the positive side, Padraig McMahon has returned to the panel after a two-year absence and started against Mayo in a practice game last week.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.