Carlisle manager Greg Abbott is expected to name an unchanged line-up against predecessor John Ward's Colchester.

The Cumbrians have not played at home since a 1-0 success over Bournemouth on March 19 and Abbott, who took over from Ward at Brunton Park in November 2008, has no new injury or suspension problems.

Abbott has hinted at handing several youngsters and other fringe players a game between now and the end of the season with neither the play-offs nor relegation an issue but he may opt to play his strongest line-up again after an impressive midweek draw at Leyton Orient.

On-loan Stoke winger Ben Marshall is sidelined with a season-ending ankle ligament injury with Liam Noble, expected to return on loan from Sunderland again next season, set to continue.

Strikers Patrick Madden, Nahki Wells and Rory Loy are all pressing for starts while young forwards Ben McKenna and Ryan Bowman are expected to be retained on the bench again.

Ian Henderson could be named in the Colchester starting line-up.

The striker climbed off the bench to score the only goal in last weekend's win over Rochdale to keep the Us' faint play-off hopes alive.

John-Joe O'Toole got through his first 90 minutes in a year against Dale after a cruciate injury and is set to keep his place with fellow midfielder David Perkins still sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Centre-halves Magnus Okuonghae and Pat Baldwin remain long-term absentees.

Okuonghae is out for the season following ankle surgery while Baldwin is not yet ready to return from an Achilles problem.

The Us lie seven points outside the play-off spots with five matches remaining.

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