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Brunton Park (ATT 5,941) 6th August 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Sutton

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Last Updated: 05/08/11 11:25am

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Curran: Boost for Cumbrians

Curran: Boost for Cumbrians

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Carlisle United and Notts County at Brunton Park.

Greg Abbott expects both defender Peter Murphy and striker Craig Curran to be fit.

Centre-half Murphy was withdrawn from the recent friendly win over Bradford with a lower back problem, while Curran sustained a dead-leg in the same match, but both players returned to full training in midweek and suffered no reaction.

Abbott has only one other injury concern with striker Paddy Madden, ruled out for three months after breaking a bone in his foot at Workington in pre-season, undergoing surgery on Tuesday.

Summer signing Andy Welsh, Rory Loy, Francois Zoko and Curran are among those vying for a place up front and three more new recruits, Stephen O'Halloran, Jon-Paul McGovern and Liam Noble, are all in contention for a place in the starting line-up.

Abbott must choose two central defenders from O'Halloran, Murphy, Danny Livesey and Lubo Michalik, while midfielders McGovern and Noble both featured against Bradford.

Striker Lee Hughes could be risked.

The veteran suffered the bends while scuba diving on holiday and had to undergo a sinus operation three weeks ago.

But Magpies manager Martin Allen said: "You need people like Hughes. It will be a bit of a gamble if I play him in the first game but it's a calculated gamble because he brings a lot to the team."

Midfielders Neal Bishop (ankle) and Alan Judge (hamstring) will also face late fitness tests.

Former Carlisle striker Karl Hawley could be in Allen's squad along with new signings Jeff Hughes, Alan Sheehan, Jude Stirling and Ishmel Demontagnac.

Defender Stephen Hunt (ankle) and forward Ben Burgess (hamstring) are out.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 13 31
2 Peterborough United 13 26
3 Swindon Town 11 22
4 Preston North End 11 22
5 Milton Keynes Dons 11 20
6 Notts County 12 20
7 Sheffield United 12 20
8 Chesterfield 12 19
9 Fleetwood Town 13 19
10 Oldham Athletic 13 19
11 Bradford City 13 18
12 Rochdale 12 17
13 Barnsley 12 15
14 Doncaster Rovers 11 14
15 Crawley Town 13 14
16 Colchester United 13 13
17 Coventry City 13 13
18 Gillingham 13 13
19 Yeovil Town 13 13
20 Leyton Orient 12 12
21 Walsall 13 12
22 Port Vale 13 12
23 Scunthorpe United 13 11
24 Crewe Alexandra 13 10