Tommy Smith could be in line for his Brentford debut when Carlisle visit Griffin Park.

The defender has joined the Bees on loan from Ipswich and may come straight in as a direct replacement for his Town team-mate Pim Balkestein, who was recalled by Portman Road boss Roy Keane last month.

Alan Bennett and fit-again duo James Wilson and Mark Phillips provide other options at the back for Bees manager Andy Scott.

Striker Charlie MacDonald returns from a one-match ban and on-loan Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is fit after a back injury so Scott has a virtually full-strength squad to choose from.

First-choice keeper Nikki Bull is the only long-term absentee as he continues his recovery from a shoulder operation.

Scott Dobie is expected to replace the departed Vincent Pericard in Carlisle's starting line-up.

Former Juventus striker Pericard left Brunton Park this week after rejecting a new contract and has since joined League One rivals Swindon.

Cumbrians boss Greg Abbott is expected to hand Dobie a start in what will be his side's first League One fixture of the year due to the big freeze.

Skipper Paul Thirlwell is set to return to the starting line-up after recovering from an Achilles problem, while Marc Bridge-Wilkinson and Richard Offiong (both knee) are also back in contention.

But David Raven (hip) and Andy Cook (foot) are long-term absentees and Gavin Rothery is also set for a spell on the sidelines after undergoing a double hernia operation this week.

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