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Brunton Park (ATT 3,688) 18th January 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Carlisle Carlisle United vs Colchester United Colchester

Carlisle 2

M Okuonghae (og 19)
M Ehmer (90+1)

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Colchester 4

S Watt (16, 45+2)
M Bean (68)
M Ehmer (og 75)

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Last Updated: 17/01/14 11:43am

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Conor Townsend: Sidelined through injury

Conor Townsend: Sidelined through injury

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

Carlisle will be without Conor Townsend and fellow defender Chris Chantler is a major doubt for their home game against Colchester.

Townsend broke a bone in his foot this week during a training exercise in the gym and will be sidelined for up to six weeks, while fellow left-back Chantler sustained an ankle injury playing for the reserves.

Matty Robson is expected to continue in the left-back role although Courtney Meppen-Walter could provide boss Graham Kavanagh with an alternative option after overcoming a groin/hip problem.

Defender Danny Livesey and midfielder Paul Thirlwell (both calf) remain sidelined as the Cumbrians bid to avoid a fourth straight defeat in all competitions.

Colchester boss Joe Dunne will be hard pushed to make any changes for the trip to Carlisle.

Dunne was left purring after last weekend's 3-0 victory over Gillingham and will see little reason to change a winning formula.

Striker Jabo Ibehre and defender Ryan Dickson both missed out due to injury and will be assessed, as will midfielder Alex Gilbey having been sidelined due to illness.

Goalkeeper Sam Walker makes the final appearance of his current loan spell from Chelsea but the U's are close to tying up a permanent deal for his services.

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1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40