Louth captain Paddy Keenan has failed in his race to be fit for the Wee County’s vital league clash against Derry in Drogheda on Sunday.
The St Patrick’s midfielder missed last Saturday night’s late victory over Armagh and he has now been ruled out of Sunday’s match up with the Ulster men.
Elsewhere, John O’Brien returns in defence, with Cooley man Conor McGuinness making way.
Geraldines man Gerard Hoey is also available in defence despite recieving two yellow cards in the win in Armagh.
Louth XV: NEIL GALLAGHER, PADRAIG RATH, DESSIE FINNEGAN, GERARD HOEY, JOHN O BRIEN, DEREK CRILLY, ADRIAN REID, RONAN CARROLL, BRIAN DONNELLY, ANDY MC DONNELL, MARK BRENNAN, BRIAN WHITE, DARREN CLARKE, SHANE LENNON, KEVIN ROGERS.