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Laois senior footballers will head to Cavan this Sunday as their NFL Division 2 status continues to hang in the balance.

Mick Lillis and his side are currently in the relegation places on scoring difference, but would take a major step towards safety if they could get a result against Cavan at the weekend.

They will do so without Kieran Lillis, who will be sidelined for the foreseeable future, while there will be late fitness tests for Mark Timmons and Evan O'Carroll ahead of the game.

Timmons suffered a tear to his calf muscle in the closing stages of the drawn game with Derry, and if he does not get the all-clear to play against Cavan on Sunday, it is hoped he will be okay to play against Meath the week after.

O'Carroll has had a hectic schedule already this year and the Crettyard man was withdrawn in the closing stages of the U-21s loss to Dublin on Saturday. Earlier in the game he appeared to be suffering some discomfort with a long-standing hamstring injury, and he will be given time to prove his fitness before this Sunday also.

Cavan are currently on a three game winning run, after opening with a two point loss to Tyrone and one point loss to Derry. Since then they have really hit form, beaten Meath (by seven points), Armagh (by 17 points) and Fermanagh (by six points).

Mick Lillis described them as the best team in the Division after Laois' last outing, and after recording a big win over Laois in O'Moore Park last year, they are heavy favourites to repeat the feat on home soil.

Laois' fate is likely to come down to the last round of games, as it has done over the last two seasons, when they meet Meath. The Royals are only ahead of Laois on scoring difference, and victory over them could be key to survival.