Sport Gaelic Football

Friday 20 April 2018

Laois set to welcome back Clancy

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

Laois midfielder Padraig Clancy will be ready for Sunday's Leinster SFC clash with Longford.

There were serious fears about the midfield star when he pulled up with a hamstring injury during their league final against Donegal, but now he's back in full training.

And they have also allayed injury fears over Paul Cahillane and Mark Timmons, who also had hamstring twinges.

Donie Kingston, who made an impressive cameo against Donegal but came off in a challenge match against Cork last week with a back problem, is also expected to be available for selection.

That means manager Justin McNulty will have a clean bill of health to pick from, and so too will opposing manager Glenn Ryan, as Longford's David Barden and Diarmuid Masterson are available after coming off in the Division 4 league final.

Longford selector Liam Keenan believes that league title victory will give them some timely impetus.

"The players got a week off afterwards and had two games with their clubs since and morale is very good," he said.

"Momentum is everything and, for us, to go to Croke Park and win was a huge experience for everyone involved. A lot of our guys hadn't played there ever before and to beat Roscommon, one of our biggest rivals, made it all the sweeter."

Irish Independent

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