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McNulty faces injury crisis

LAOIS football boss Justin McNulty is sweating over the fitness of no fewer than five key players for the Leinster SFC opener against Longford tomorrow week.

Defenders Padraig McMahon and Mark Timmons, midfielder Padraig Clancy, and forwards Donie Kingston and Paul Cahillane are all on the doubtful list for the O'Moore Park showdown against the recently crowned Division 4 champions.

McMahon has only recently returned to light training after chipping a bone in his foot in the opening-round Allianz League win over Meath back on February 6.

Clancy was forced to retire with a hamstring injury in the Division 2 decider defeat to Donegal, and he has been sidelined from training in the meantime.

The towering Timahoe clubman was forced off at half-time in the clash against the Ulster side, and was replaced by Cahillane as McNulty reshuffled his team for the second half.

But Cahillane pulled his hamstring in training at the weekend, and, like Clancy, was unable to feature in a challenge game against All-Ireland champions Cork on Tuesday night.

The clash against the Rebels provided two additional headaches for McNultly ahead of the tie against Glenn Ryan's charges, with Timmons (hamstring) and Kingston (back) being forced off with injuries.

Irish Independent