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Fit-again Timmons hammering on door

MARK TIMMONS has declared himself fit and ready to answer the full-back call for Laois when they tackle All-Ireland champions Dublin in Croke Park on Sunday week.

The Graiguecullen clubman starred during the early league stages before suffering a serious hamstring injury in March, and Paul Begley reverted from half-back to No 3 for their Leinster SFC opener away to Wicklow.

Another full-back option, Denis Booth, is still unavailable as he completes a two-match ban so Timmons' upbeat assessment will be greeted with relief by Laois fans - even if manager Tomás Ó Flatharta gave a more cautious "wait and see" forecast on the player's readiness for battle.

Speaking at the Laois press night in Portlaoise, Timmons said: "I'll put the hand up all right, it's just whether Tomás will pick me or not. I suppose the lads did so well in the Wicklow game that they have all got their hands up as well."

He added: "I've been back a couple of weeks (in full training), it's just that the Wicklow game came too quick for me. Initially when I did it, there were fears that it had snapped off the bone but once I got the MRI, it was just a tear below the tendon. I was looking at two to three months so it's coming up on that."