Laois captain Gary Kavanagh has lost the battle to lead his side out against Dublin in the Leinster semi-final on at Croke Park on Sunday, (throw in 2.00).

Kavanagh picked up a knee injury in a club game two weeks ago and failed to make a full recovery and his place in attack will be filled by Billy Sheehan who missed the first round game against Carlow through injury.

While Darren Rooney is named in the side his chances of playing are said to be slim as he battles against a hamstring injury. A final decision on Rooney may be made after training on Thursday night.

Laois team to play Dublin:
Fergal Byron
Aidan Fennelly
Cathal Ryan
Padraig McMahon
Darren Rooney    
Tom Kelly     
Joe Higgins
Noel Garvan 
Padraig Clancy
Ross Munnelly 
Chris Conway 
Billy Sheehan
Donie Brennan 
Paul Lawlor  
Beano McDonald