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Brunton Park (ATT 3,584) 8th February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Carlisle Carlisle United vs Gillingham Gillingham

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Paul Thirlwell: 50-50 chance of returning

Paul Thirlwell: 50-50 chance of returning

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

Carlisle captain Paul Thirlwell has an outside chance of returning to the squad for the home game against Gillingham.

Midfielder Thirlwell, sidelined since New Year's Day with a calf injury, came through 45 minutes for the reserves in midweek unscathed and boss Graham Kavanagh must decide whether he is ready for league action.

Teenager Charni Ekangamene is expected to continue in midfield following his debut last week and fellow Manchester United loanee Sam Byrne is hoping to make his first start after stepping off the bench in the defeat at Bristol City.

Recent signing Dean Bouzanis is awaiting his debut in goal as he challenges Greg Fleming. Defenders Conor Townsend (foot) and Chris Chantler (ankle) remain sidelined.

Elliott Hewitt is suspended for Gillingham's trip to Carlisle as Peter Taylor's side look to get back to winning ways.

The on-loan defender saw red in Tuesday's disappointing 3-1 defeat at bottom club Stevenage and now serves a one-match ban at Brunton Park.

Michael Harriman is likely to come in for Hewitt having been rested to the bench in midweek alongside skipper Adam Barrett, who is also pushing for a recall.

Amine Linganzi (tendonitis) and Chris Whelpdale (ankle) will be assessed as they look to return but striker Danny Kedwell (hernia) remains sidelined.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 33 70
2 Milton Keynes Dons 33 62
3 Preston North End 32 62
4 Swindon Town 33 61
5 Sheffield United 32 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 33 48
7 Chesterfield 33 45
8 Bradford City 32 45
9 Port Vale 33 45
10 Peterborough United 33 44
11 Fleetwood Town 33 44
12 Barnsley 33 44
13 Oldham Athletic 32 43
14 Gillingham 33 42
15 Rochdale 31 41
16 Walsall 33 41
17 Scunthorpe United 32 41
18 Crewe Alexandra 33 39
19 Notts County 32 38
20 Coventry City 32 36
21 Leyton Orient 32 35
22 Colchester United 33 34
23 Crawley Town 33 34
24 Yeovil Town 33 30