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Sugrue preparing for the first of four neighbourly battles in Division 3

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The Laois footballers are back in action this weekend after they had a break last week.

Manager John Sugrue’s side have won two of their first three games and currently sit second in the table behind Longford.

They defeated Down and Sligo in Round 1 and 3 respectively while they lost out to Louth in Croke Park in between.

This Sunday in Mullingar, Laois face Westmeath in the first of four Midland derbies that will decide their fate in this Division.

And speaking ahead of that game, manager Sugrue acknowledges that these games will be tough.

He said: “Yeah, all neighbourly battles, and you know yourself, neighbours never want to yield an inch.

“It’s a great focal point for us for the rest of the league, we’ve a lot of neighbours here who want to put a shoe on top of us, and we’ve got to try do likewise to them.”

The Laois manager also provided an injury update on his squad and it is certainly mixed.

He said: “Cahir Healy is out for the season which is hugely disappointing for Cahir and for Laois.

“Cahir is a great Laois man and the miles, distance and hours that he puts in to Laois GAA is remarkable.

“We also lost Davey Conway with a long term knee injury which doesn’t look like it is going to hold up for him so he has had to withdraw.

“Trevor Collins did a running session (the day of the Sligo game) and he is very close to being fully fit.”

Laois face Westmeath in Mullingar at 2pm on Sunday and LaoisToday will be there to Live Blog all of the action as it happens.

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