Several sidelined for Cumbrians


Carlisle face a number of injury problems ahead of their clash with Hartlepool.

Defender David Raven remains absent with a hip injury and is expected to be out for at least another three weeks.

Captain Paul Thirlwell is another long-term casualty and is also set for another three weeks on the sidelines with his Achilles injury.

The duo are joined in the treatment room by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, Simon Lakeland and striker Richard Offiong, who are all struggling with knee problems.

Andy Cook will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot, while midfielder Gavin Rothery has joined Barrow on loan until January after failing to establish himself at Brunton Park.

On-loan midfielder Adam Clayton has resumed training after a knee injury and may play some part after missing the impressive FA Cup victory over Norwich.

Hartlepool will be without Denis Behan and Ritchie Jones.

Striker Behan damaged ankle ligaments during the 3-1 home defeat to Southampton last time out and faces up to six weeks on the sidelines.

Midfielder Jones is suspended for one match after he was sent off for two bookable offences against Saints.

Colin Larkin remains sidelined with the hamstring problem he sustained at Huddersfield but the forward could be fit to return for the home game against Millwall on Saturday.

Full-back Steve Haslam (hernia) and reserve-team striker Matty Tymon are Pools` other absentees.

Carlisle winger Matty Robson will face his former club for the first time since leaving Victoria Park on a free transfer in the summer.

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