Monaghan boss Malachy O'Rourke played down any fears over Colin Walshe after the defender was forced out of the All-Ireland SFC Round 4 Qualifier defeat of Laois.

Walshe came off for Dessie Ward in the first half after a clash with Brian Glynn but returned to the action a couple of minutes later.

O'Rourke said "a number of lads" have shipped knocks in Navan against a game, but limited Laois. A 0-19 to 1-11 victory ensured they take their place in the Super 8s.

"I think Colin is okay," he said. "That's the thing about playing games week after week, you don't be doing that much training in between. He did pick up a knock but hopefully it's nothing too serious.

"A number of lads picked up knocks there. We'll see how they are this evening and try to get them ready for next week."

Improvement, O'Rourke warns, will be needed as they prepare to take on the big guns. Laois 'keeper Graham Brody was unbelievable, pulling off six stunning saves, but the Farney boss know the demands are about to increase steeply.

"It was a game of two halves. The first half we were really good, we'd a lot of energy about us, our work rate was very good, we were good on the ball.

"Apart from the goal we conceded near the end of the half we were in a really healthy position. I suppose the goal kept us on our toes in the second half; We made a lot goal chances, we just didn't take them.

"We let Laois get back into the game. It was getting a wee bit close for comfort near the end. We were able to hold out. We're just delighted to get through.

"We got a wee bit careless at times and we weren't as clinical on the ball. We know that going forward that's not going to be acceptable so we'll have to try and improve that next week."