Laois senior hurling manager Eddie Brennan is sweating on the fitness of a number of his players ahead of Saturday’s clash with Clare.
Laois are in action in Nowlan Park at 1.15pm in Round 1 of the All-Ireland hurling Qualifiers.
Full back Ronan Broderick was carried off injured in the first half of the Leinster quarter final defeat to Dublin two weeks ago.
And it has been confirmed that he has sustained a cruciate knee ligament injury and will be out for a sustained period of time.
That is very bad news for his club Clough-Ballacolla too as they are unlikely to be without the defender for the Laois senior hurling championship final against Borris-Kilcotton – whenever that game is refixed in 2021.
And in a further blow, wing forward James Ryan fractured his thumb against Dublin and is out.
While Stephen ‘Picky’ Maher is also a doubt with an injury.
However there is better news as Mark Kavanagh came through his 30 minutes against Dublin unscathed and should be in the running for a starting spot against Clare this weekend.
Speaking about Kavanagh, manager Eddie Brennan praised his incredible commitment to get himself into a position to be fit to play.
Kavanagh damaged his shoulder in Rathdowney-Errill’s final championship group game against Castletown and subsequently missed their semi final defeat.
However, he battled through and is now in line for a recall for Saturday’s game.
Brennan said: “Mark has worked closely with our physio and they have worked miracles to get him back into the position to be able to play again.
“It is also testament to him as he is extremely committed to the cause and really wants to play for Laois.”