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Charlton Athletic Vs Carlisle United, Mon 5 Apr 2010

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Charlton will again check on the fitness of Nicky Bailey and Deon Burton ahead of the visit of Carlisle.

Captain Bailey has missed the last two games after sustaining an ankle problem in training, while striker Burton is battling against a knee problem.

Manager Phil Parkinson suggested Bailey has a better chance of returning, but may still opt to rest both players in order to get them back fully fit after Easter.

He told the club's official website: "Nick and Deon were missing (against MK Dons) and if you go into any game without your two top scorers, you are going to be slightly handicapped.

"They are good players but hopefully we can use this period as a rest period for them and they can come back fit to push us on in the last part of the season."

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot (groin) is still out so Darren Randolph keeps the gloves, while Kelly Youga (knee), Grant Basey (ankle) and Leon McKenzie (thigh) continue to struggle.

Carlisle defender Tom Aldred is expected to retain his place in Greg Abbott's starting line-up after making an impressive debut on Friday.

The Cumbrians bounced back from their Johnstone's Paint Trophy final disappointment with a 3-1 win over Bristol Rovers and Aldred made his first start.

Fellow central defender Danny Livesey is still struggling to shake off a hamstring problem that has forced him out of the last three matches and Peter Murphy dropped to the bench against Rovers.

On-loan pair Ben Marshall and Jason Price returned to the side and should continue, while Joe Anyinsah is still struggling following his double hernia.

David Raven (hip) is not yet ready to return following his long lay-off and Andy Cook (foot) and Kevan Hurst (knee) are still sidelined.

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David Raven
Joe Anyinsah
Peter Murphy
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Darren Randolph
Carlisle United
Leon McKenzie
Kevan Hurst
Grant Basey
Tom Aldred
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Kelly Youga
Deon Burton

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