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Changes on the horizon for Laois footballers and hurlers ahead of huge weekend

Eddie Brennan and John Sugrue

Both Eddie Brennan and John Sugrue are likely to make a number of changes to their respective teams for this weekend’s games.

The Laois senior footballers face Longford at home on Saturday night in what is now a must-win game if they are to have any chance of promotion.

While the hurlers are out the next day against Dublin in Parnell Park where a win would guarantee them a place in the quarter final.

They could still reach the quarter finals even with a loss to Dublin but they would need Offaly to defeat Carlow in that scenario.

As for the footballers, they will no doubt be smarting after their defeat to Westmeath last weekend.

Portlaoise corner back David Seale was forced off in the first half with a leg injury in that game and he is doubtful to appear on Saturday night.

He has started all of Laois’s league games so far and if he doesn’t recover, the door will be open for someone like Adam Campion or Shane Nerney to fill the void.

After that, it will be very interesting to see what team Sugrue picks as the likes of Kieran Lillis, Sean Byrne and Danny O’Reilly will all be pushing for recalls.

During last weekend’s clash with Carlow, the Laois hurlers were hit with three critical injuries in the second half.

Midfielder John Lennon went off with an injury to his pectoral muscle after 38 minutes while defender Jack Kelly also went off with a hip injury in the second half.

Centre-forward Eanna Lyons received a heavy hit on his collar bone in the 59th minute requiring a hospital visit.

With an injury as serious as it looked from the stands, it’s highly doubtful if we’ll see Eanna tog out for Laois’s next game in a weeks’ time against Dublin. Meanwhile Lennon is also in a race against time to be fit for the Dublin game.

However there is an air of good news as Lee Cleere is back from his two match suspension for the Dublin game and could be a very useful addition to the back-line.

Last weekend also saw the return of Cha Dwyer to the field, and with an opening on the half-forward line, we could see him lining out on the starting 15 this weekend.

Rathdowney-Errill man Eric Killeen plys his trade at wing-back but has yet to appear in the league for Eddie Brennan’s side due to injury but has returned to training.

Killeen played in both Walsh Cup games against Dublin and Carlow and is yet another figure who could slot into this half-back line.

The Laois footballers face Longford at 7pm on Saturday while the Laois hurlers take on Dublin in Parnell Park on Sunday at 2pm.

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