Preston v Carlisle preview

Date published: Friday 11th April 2014 3:12

Preston captain John Welsh begins a two-match suspension when Simon Grayson’s men host struggling Carlisle.

The central midfielder has accrued 10 yellow cards this season, the most recent of which came in the draw with Bristol City and triggered an automatic two-match ban.

Grayson could be able to call upon full-back Scott Wiseman (knee) and striker Stuart Beavon (flu) after the pair missed out at Ashton Gate.

Paul Gallagher was an unused substitute in Bristol and the forward could also come into consideration.

Carlisle pair Lee Miller and Matty Robson are both hoping to return to action at Preston following injury.

Striker Miller has missed the last two games due to a stomach muscle problem, while left-back Robson, the Cumbrians’ player of the year last season, has been sidelined for six weeks with a back injury.

Midfielder James Berrett will sit out a one-game ban following his dismissal for two yellow-card offences in last week’s home win against Swindon.

That was the Cumbrians’ first win in nine matches and kept them out of the bottom four on goal difference.

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Preston v Carlisle preview

Date published: Monday 5th November 2012 4:43

Preston manager Graham Westley hopes to welcome John Welsh back into his midfield.

Welsh served a one-match ban having collected five yellow cards when the Lilywhites dispatched Yeovil 3-0 in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday, but Westley suggested the break came at an opportune time as the former Tranmere skipper was carrying a minor knock.

North End club captain John Mousinho is set to miss out once more but will target Saturday’s trip to former club Stevenage on Saturday as a comeback date following a debilitating bout of mumps.

Ex-Southampton winger Lee Holmes came off the bench on Saturday to make his first appearance since suffering a gashed knee in August and is pushing for inclusion once more.

Lee Trundle, 36, remains unavailable but the forward hopes to return to full training next week following knee surgery.

Carlisle will be without Paul Thirlwell and teenager Mark Beck again, while Chris Chantler and Matty Robson are both doubtful.

Midfielder Thirlwell sat out Saturday’s FA Cup win over Ebbsfleet due to an ankle injury, while striker Mark Beck also missed out after breaking his finger at home on Friday night.

Fellow midfielder Chantler is struggling with a heel problem which forced him off late in the game at the weekend and winger Robson is hoping to return after having an injection to aid his recovery from injury.

Defender Peter Murphy shook off a hamstring strain to play in an unaccustomed holding midfield role against Ebbsfleet, but manager Greg Abbott must wait and see if Danny Livesey is fit enough to play after sustaining a hand injury on Saturday.

Winger Jon-Paul McGovern is pushing for a recall to the starting line-up after returning from a groin injury to make his first appearance in seven matches at the weekend.

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Preston v Carlisle preview

Date published: Friday 23rd December 2011 12:01

Preston will be without striker Neil Mellor when they tackle the Cumbrians.

Mellor and strike-partner Iain Hume have suffered from a series of injuries this season, with North End often struggling to get them on the pitch together.

They were reunited last time out, though, helping to earn joint-caretaker managers Graham Alexander and David Unsworth an impressive first win in charge at MK Dons. However, Mellor sustained a knee problem in the clash – the extent of which is not yet known – and will not take on the Cumbrians.

Hume came through the Dons clash unchanged and will once again take his place in the starting line-up.

Jamie McCombe will stay at Deepdale until January 2 despite parent club Huddersfield attempting to recall him.

Midfielder Barry Nicholson misses out with an ankle injury, but Iain Turner will be in the squad.

Carlisle defender Christian Ribeiro is expected to return to contention for the away game.

Ribeiro, on loan from Bristol City, missed last week’s draw with Wycombe due to a hamstring strain, but returned to full training this week to give manager Greg Abbott a selection dilemma.

American Frank Simek stepped in for Ribeiro to make his first appearance since August following a hip injury and Abbott must decide whether to retain him at right-back.

Abbott has no new injury or suspension problems as his side bid to climb into a play-off spot, while strikers Francois Zoko and Paddy Madden and midfielder Tom Taiwo are pushing for recalls to the starting XI.

Zoko has stepped off the bench to score crucial late goals in the Cumbrians’ last two matches.

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