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Rochdale Vs Carlisle United, Tue 16 Aug 2011

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Rochdale midfielder Joe Thompson could be handed his first start of the season against Carlisle.

Dale manager Steve Eyre, who has no new injury or suspension worries, hinted Thompson could have forced his way into the starting line-up following a second impressive contribution from the substitutes' bench in the weekend draw with Huddersfield.

Eyre said: "Joe has come on twice and both times he has helped turn the game around.

"He can be very pleased with his contributions so far this season after his initial setback through injury in pre-season."

Striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro scored his first goal on Saturday as Eyre's side secured their first point of the season, while Ashley Grimes fired his third in two matches since arriving from Millwall in June.

Carlisle skipper Paul Thirlwell is fit for the game at following fears he had broken his arm at Bury on Saturday.

Thirlwell took a heavy knock at the top of his arm during the first half at Gigg Lane, but the club's worst fears were allayed at half-time when it was confirmed he had sustained heavy bruising.

Thirlwell is expected to continue in midfield, while Liam Noble staked his claim for a place alongside him with the second goal after stepping off the bench in the 80th minute.

Manager Greg Abbott has no new injury or suspension worries, but will still be without defender Frank Simek, who has returned to America to recuperate after tearing a thigh muscle on the opening day, and striker Paddy Madden, who has had surgery after fracturing a bone in his foot.

Lee Tavernier, signed on loan from Newcastle last week, should continue in the back four after making his debut on Saturday, while Rory Loy made his first start of the season.

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