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Carlisle United Vs Hartlepool United, Tue 8 Mar 2011

Zoko pushing for start (©PAphotos)
Zoko pushing for start (©PAphotos).

Carlisle boss Greg Abbott could recall striker Francois Zoko to the starting line-up for the home clash with Hartlepool.

Zoko impressed as a second-half substitute in Saturday`s 4-3 defeat at Brighton after returning from illness.

He replaced Rory Loy at half-time and could now start ahead of him against Mick Wadsworth`s side.

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter could make his home bow after coming off the bench to score against the Seagulls at the weekend.

Abbott said: "Harry showed us that he has got some quality. He is one of those players who can make things happen and he took his goal very well."

Central defender Lubo Michalik and skipper Paul Thirlwell could remain sidelined with hamstring and calf strains.

Hartlepool first-team coach Wadsworth has no new injury or suspension concerns for his side's trip.

Ritchie Humphreys, James Brown and Colin Larkin all staked their claims for a recall with substitute appearances against Brentford on Saturday, but Wadsworth is unlikely to tinker too much following a comfortable 3-0 win.

Full-back Neil Austin remains Pools' only absentee with a calf problem that has kept him out of all eight games since February 1.

However, he is believed to be making good progress and could be ready to return to full training in two weeks.

Wadsworth's side remain an outside bet to earn a play-off spot and are currently eight points adrift of the top six.

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