Colchester will check on the fitness of David Fox ahead of the home game against Carlisle.

Midfielder Fox has been troubled by an ongoing rib injury and was replaced by Phil Ifil in the starting line-up at Brighton last week.

Ifil found the net in Colchester's 2-1 victory and will hope to keep his place on the right of midfield.

Strikers Scott Vernon and Joel Thomas are still missing with knee injuries while defender Lee Beevers (shoulder) and winger Ashley Vincent (ankle) remain long-term absentees.

But boss Aidy Boothroyd has no fresh injury worries and could name an unchanged line-up as he goes in search of a third straight win.

Loanee Kevin Lisbie, who is due back at Ipswich in January, will start in attack once again.

Carlisle boss Greg Abbott will once again be without a trio of injured players for the trip.

Richard Offiong, David Raven and Paul Thirlwell are all set to miss out for the in-form Cumbrians.

Offiong is missing after tweaking a knee ligament in training, Raven is on the long road to recovery from a hip injury and skipper Thirlwell is still battling back from an Achilles problem.

In midweek Carlisle recorded a 3-0 win over 10-man Bradford and booked their place in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Northern Area Final against Leeds.

Former Bantams midfielder Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, who has been sidelined by a knee injury, returned to play the last 10 minutes of Tuesday`s thumping win.

Abbott said: "It`s a good dressing room right now."

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