O'Loughlin blow for Laois
Laois midfielder John O'Loughlin is facing a spell on the sidelines after confirmation that he has sustained a broken finger.
O'Loughlin revealed yesterday that he suffered the break two weeks ago but aggravated it in the heavy Division 2 defeat to Galway on Sunday and was forced off at half-time.
O'Loughlin is a key figure for Laois and with tough games against Armagh (away) and Tyrone (home) coming up that he is likely to miss, the threat of relegation is already stalking the midlanders.
"I have had the X-ray and it's a chip fracture that I have sustained in the knuckle area," he said. "It actually happened in a game a few weeks ago but I thought I'd be able to play through it with painkillers. I didn't want to miss any league matches."
O'Loughlin said he was hopeful that he could get back for the games after the break.
Laois had a good record against Galway in recent League games but they suffered badly on Sunday after a poor start.
Meanwhile, Dean Rock is aiming to repeat his 2015 feat of starting every League and Championship game for Dublin.
"In years gone by, I would have struggled with injuries and now I've got over a lot of them and been injury-free for the last two or three years," he said.
"So when you're fit and available to play, you want to play every single game, with the competition in the squad that there is."