Andy Monkhouse will miss Hartlepool`s home clash with Carlisle through suspension.

The combative winger was booked for the 10th time this season during Saturday`s disappointing 2-0 defeat to Huddersfield and must now serve a two-game ban.

Colin Larkin and Ritchie Humphreys are expected to battle it out to replace Monkhouse on the left.

James Brown made a welcome return as a second-half substitute against the Terriers, coming on with 20 minutes remaining after a lengthy absence with a knee problem, but the forward is unlikely to be risked from the start.

The defeat to Town means Pools have won just two of their last 15 games and leaves them perilously close to the League One drop zone.

Carlisle will check on the fitness of Scott Dobie and Richard Offiong.

The strikers missed Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Swindon with toe and leg injuries respectively and it remains to be seen whether they will be fit enough to be involved.

The Cumbrians will be without Lenny Pidgeley after the goalkeeper clashed with team-mate Richard Keogh's elbow in training on Friday and, after x-rays at Swindon Hospital, it emerged he had broken a bone in his right hand.

Pidgeley is set to see a surgeon this week and could face four to six weeks on the sidelines so second-year youngster Mark Gillespie is again likely to be named on the bench.

But manager Greg Abbott is thought to be looking to sign a goalkeeper as cover before March's deadline for emergency loan deals.

Long-term absentees David Raven (hip), Andy Cook (foot), and Gavin Rothery (double hernia) remain sidelined.

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