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Brunton Park (ATT 3,866) 7th September 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Brown

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Gavin Tomlin: Could make return

Gavin Tomlin: Could make return

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Carlisle and Port Vale at Brunton Park.

Cumbrians boss Greg Abbott could hand debuts to new signings Leon McSweeney and Conor Townsend for the home game with Port Vale.

Former Leyton Orient utility man McSweeney and defender Townsend, on loan from Hull, could bolster the Cumbrians' shaky defence as Sean O'Hanlon continues his recovery from a groin injury.

Townsend will become the fifth player to start for Carlisle at left-back this season if selected, while centre-half Troy Archibald-Henville is expected to retain his place in the starting line-up after making his debut in last week's draw at Brentford.

But two other on-loan defenders, Mansfield's Paul Black (groin) and Manchester United's Reece James (thigh) are both sidelined as Carlisle chase their first win of the season.

Dan Jones remains an injury concern for Port Vale but Gavin Tomlin could come back into the reckoning for the trip to Carlisle.

Jones was forced off with a groin injury during the first half of Vale's league defeat to Wolves last Saturday causing the left-back to miss the victory over Bury in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, and he is likely to remain on the sidelines this weekend. However, striker Tomlin looks set to return to the squad following the knock that has kept him out recently.

Manager Micky Adams made five changes against the Shakers on Tuesday night, bringing Richard Duffy, Liam Chilvers, Chris Birchall, Louis Dodds and Ben Williamson into the side.

Adams admitted after the 2-1 first-round win that he did not know what team he would pick at Carlisle because a hard-working effort against Bury had compensated for some defensive frailties.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
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1 Bristol City 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19