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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 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24