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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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Sky Bet League 1

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