The Laois senior footballers and hurlers have provided injury updates ahead of the weekend’s matches.
The Laois footballers have a number of players out through injury for the Down game which takes place tomorrow in Newry.
Manager John Sugrue explained: “We have a number of niggles. Colm Begley has been struggling with his hip, Donie Kingston has been out sick but hopefully he will be back and be in contention for a place.
“Trevor Collins picked up a hamstring injury with the college and looks doubtful.
“Davy Conway is out with a knee injury. Benny Carroll is out with a quad injury, long term at this stage.
“Brian Glynn (who had surgery before Christmas) is stepping out for the time being with a view to trying to get himself right.”
However, there is better news for Timahoe’s Brendan Quigley who is on the road to recovery after a full year out.
Sugrue said: “Brendan Quigley is making strides to come back. He’s making a bit of progress running wise but it’s early days yet.”
Meanwhile, there is far more positive news on the hurling front with a number of players on the way back.
Selector Tommy Fitzgerald said: “We had a lot of injuries before Christmas and thankfully they’ve begun to clear.
“So we have almost everyone back training at this stage. Maybe the Galway game might be a bit too soon for one or two of them.
“Eric Killeen getting a scan. But Cha Dywer, Willie Dunphy, Andrew Mortimer, John Lennon, Sean Downey and Lee Cleere are all back training.”
The hurlers begin their Division 1B campaign away to Galway on Sunday.