King to learn fate as Laois face 'tough task'
Laois coach and former Tipperary captain Conor Gleeson admits that the decimated O'Moore men face a "very tough task" against Dublin in this evening's All-Ireland SHC round 1 qualifier at Parnell Park.
Laois are ravaged by an injury crisis ahead of their trip to the capital - and were due to learn last night about the availability of captain Ross King.
He was sent off against Carlow in last Sunday's gritty preliminary clash with Carlow and hit with a proposed one-game ban for 'striking with minimal force'.
But Laois took King's case to the GAA's Central Hearings Committee (CHC), and they were due to deliver a verdict last night.
Laois are definitely without Stephen 'Picky' Maher, who ruptured his anterior cruciate knee ligament against Carlow, while Cha Dwyer, Willie Dunphy, Ben Conroy, Paddy Whelan, John Lennon and Conor Phelan are other notable absentees.
Gleeson said: "Dublin are in the mix and while I don't think anybody's thinking they're going to win the All-Ireland, they're way ahead of us in the rankings.
"It's not one of the top four or five we're playing but they're close enough to that.
"I know most of them and Cuala had a great run, winning the All-Ireland club title.
"They have a couple of injuries themselves and we're going up there to give it our best shot - that's all we can do.
"Dublin are a very accomplished side but a young side. They have one two of the older guys, including Ryan O'Dwyer, and have that bit of experience.
"They've lost a lot of their own panel but they're looking to come out and have a good year as well.
"We know the task that's facing us - and it's a very tough task.
"They've played the favourites for the All-Ireland - Galway - and you'd have to take that into consideration."