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Blow for Laois footballers as Healy set for injury lay off

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Cahir Healy may be out of Allianz Football League opener against Down on Saturday, having suffered suspected medial ligament damage in a challenge match against Kerry at the weekend.

It is understood that the injury is not as severe as the one that kept Healy out for almost all of the 2018 season.

The Portlaoise dual star will soon undergo a scan which will determine the extent of the damage.

For the third year in a row, Killeshin defender Stephen Attride will be the Laois senior football captain.

Attride was first bestowed the honour in 2017 under manager Peter Creedon and when he departed at the end of that year, current boss John Sugrue stuck with the Knockbeg college teacher.

Last year he was assisted by John O’Loughlin and Graham Brody but there is a change here as Timahoe’s Damien O’Connor and Portlaoise’s Gareth Dillon will now assume the role of vice-captains.

Laois began the new season with O’Byrne Cup defeats to Meath and Wexford but they ended that competition with an away win over Wicklow.

Laois begin their Division 3 campaign away to Down in Newry on Saturday January 26.

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