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Laois hurling manager provides injury update ahead of Joe McDonagh opener

Laois manager Eddie Brennan

Laois senior hurling manager Eddie Brennan has provided an injury update on his squad ahead of Saturday’s Round 1 Joe McDonagh clash with Offaly.

And it is largely positive news with just one players rated as doubtful for the game at 7pm in Tullamore.

Borris-Kilcotton forward Aaron Dunphy is struggling with a shoulder injury, but other than that, Laois are at full strength.

Brennan said: “Aaron Dunphy picked up a bit of a shoulder injury last weekend so it is not looking good for him at the moment.

“But we have a big squad there and we just have to deal with that.”

The schedule of the Joe McDonagh Cup has changed this year. With one fewer team taking part, there are some gaps.

Last year, Laois played five games in six weeks and picked up a number of injuries in the opening rounds which cost them dearly.

This time, Laois face Offaly on Saturday and then Antrim seven days later before having a three week gap to their remaining two games with Kerry and Westmeath.

Brennan said: “It is falling nicely for us in the sense that we have two matches and then a three week break before the final two games.

“So it does give you a bit of wriggle room with injuries but we will no doubt pick up some and that will test the panel.

Laois have beaten Offaly twice this year in the Walsh Cup and the league – a winning streak the manager is hoping to continue.

He said: “Championship is always that crank up. Yeah, it is brilliant that we have beaten them twice and you take confidence from that.

“But it is championship now. I am happy with where the lads are in their preparation and they are ready to take on the challenge.

“From my experience, if you have an advantage over a team, you have to keep that stranglehold going.

“So we have to be ready for what Offaly throw at us and then impose our own gameplan on it.”

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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.