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O'Byrne Cup is under threat for the Dubs

DUBLIN footballers' first competitive outing of the New Year is under threat from the cold snap -- with dangerous footpaths, as opposed to an unplayable pitch, the biggest worry for county board chiefs.

The Sky Blues are due to launch their O'Byrne Cup campaign against Wexford in Parnell Park this Sunday (2.0), but there is a real risk that the game may have to be switched to an alternative venue, if not postponed altogether. While the pitch itself is obviously not in pristine condition, a far bigger concern is the slippery state of the footpaths in Donnycarney.

However, no decision will be made until closer to the game, either on Friday or Saturday. "We are all concerned over the bad weather and, coming nearer the weekend, we will probably make a call one way or the other," outlined Dublin chairman Gerry Harrington. Alternative venues will be considered, but none has been chosen as of yet.

On the team front news, Dubs boss Pat Gilroy has been boosted by the news that Mark Davoren is back doing straight-line running with the county squad after his cruciate operation last summer. However, the Kilmacud flyer will still miss almost the entire National League with a possible return date coming in the last round against Tyrone.