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Key players set to return for Laois footballers

John O'Loughlin is set to return this weekend along with a few more familiar faces
John O'Loughlin hoping to end Laois's woes

Laois football manager Peter Creedon has been given a major boost ahead of this weekend’s Division 3 clash with Tipperary as several key members of his squad are set to return from injury.

Creedon’s outfit have been ravaged with absentees since the end of the O’Byrne Cup but as many as four of the injured party may be available for selection for Saturday nights’ game in O’Moore Park.

Colm Begley, who was withdrawn before the throw in against Armagh, is one who is believed to be close to returning.

The Stradbally man suffered a hamstring injury but it is not believed to be serious.

There could be a double boost for Creedon in the midfield area as John O’Loughlin and James Finn are also vying for places.

St Brigids man O’Loughlin missed Laois’ first two league games after he fractured a cheekbone playing in a challenge match against Clare prior to the Louth game. However, he returned in a recent challenge against Westmeath and should be ready to go against the Premier county.

Finn limped off in Laois’ first O’Byrne Cup match at home to DIT and hasn’t featured since but it is understood that the Ballyfin man has also returned to training.

Meanwhile, Evan O’Carroll could be poised to make his first Laois appearance of the season on Saturday night. He missed all of the games to date after sustaining an ankle injury whilst playing with his college Maynooth.

However, the Crettyard man lined out for his club in the Kelly Cup last weekend and could now feature if deemed fit enough.

Arles-Killeen’s Paul Kingston will also be available despite being sent off against Armagh. The forward picked up two yellow cards therefore he will not have to serve a suspension.

But there will be no Gary Walsh this weekend as the Ballylinan man is still struggling to shake off the hamstring injury which he picked up in the round 1 defeat at home to Louth.

While the Timahoe duo of Brendan Quigley and Damien O’Connor remain on the long-term injury list, it is hoped that they will be fit to play some part in this year’s Division 3 campaign.

Graiguecullen full back Mark Timmons, who underwent double hip surgery before Christmas, is expected to miss the remainder of the league but it is hoped that he will be fit for the first round of the Leinster championship when Laois will host Longford in May.

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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.