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Bristol Rovers Vs Carlisle United, Sat 30 Oct 2010

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Bristol Rovers manager Paul Trollope has no fresh injury concerns to contend with for the visit of Carlisle.

Rovers battled back from two goals down last week to claim a point at Hartlepool, and Trollope could keep faith with the same side.

On-loan striker John Akinde came on for the final half an hour at Victoria Park, playing his part in the fightback, and after an impressive run-out in the reserves, Trollope may be tempted to recall him.

Ben Swallow, another second-half substitute last weekend, also played well for the reserves and will have played his way into Trollope's plans.

Trollope finds his men in impressive form in recent weeks, losing just two of their last nine League One games.

Lubo Michalik could return but Carlisle will hand late fitness tests to the on-loan Leeds defender and striker Francois Zoko.

Michalik has missed the last five matches due to a hamstring strain while Zoko was forced out of the home defeat to Charlton last week due to a badly gashed shin.

Carlisle will be without on-loan Manchester United pair Oliver Norwood (thigh) and James Chester (knee). Both players have returned to Old Trafford to have their respective injuries assessed.

Skipper Paul Thirlwell is making steady progress in his rehabilitation following a knee injury and remains three weeks away from a return to full training while long-term absentee Danny Livesey (groin and hamstring) came through unscathed after 60 minutes for the reserves in midweek.

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Bristol Rovers
John Akinde
Danny Livesey
Football
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Paul Thirlwell
Ben Swallow
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