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James McCarthy could feature for Dublin against Tyrone in Omagh. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

James McCarthy could feature for Dublin against Tyrone in Omagh. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

James McCarthy could feature for Dublin against Tyrone in Omagh. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Dessie Farrell could summon some big names this weekend in a bid to stave off the threat of relegation from Division 1 for another week at least, with James McCarthy primed for his first appearance of this year’s league.

The influential eight-time All-Ireland winner hasn’t played a second of Dublin’s disastrous league campaign to date, though he made a return to competitive action for Ballymun Kickhams over the weekend against Na Fianna.

Cormac Costello, who suffered a hamstring injury against Armagh in the first of four Dublin defeats so far this year, also played over the weekend, scoring a goal for Whitehall Colmcille in their victory over Naomh Olaf on Sunday.

Dublin are in dire need of a win. They are the only team of 32 across the four divisions of this year’s Allianz League without a victory.

Farrell’s team are now staring down the prospect of a first relegation since 1995 were they to lose to Tyrone in Omagh on Sunday.

A loss against the All-Ireland champions would put them outside the top division for the first time in 14 years, depending on the result in Saturday’s clash between Armagh and Kildare.

A win for Glenn Ryan’s side would push them onto five points from five games, which would send them out of reach of a Dublin team who could only get four if they lose in Tyrone.

Farrell will not, however, have
Con O’Callaghan available as the Cuala forward continues his rehabilitation from an ankle injury that may see him miss the entirety of the league.

Eoin Murchan and Paddy Small are also on the absentee list and are unlikely to figure in Farrell’s plan for their trip to Omagh.


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