Scunthorpe v Carlisle preview

Date published: Monday 11th February 2013 5:42

Scunthorpe winger Andy Barcham will return to contention for his side’s third successive home match.

Barcham sustained a thigh injury in the recent victory over Portsmouth and missed the weekend win over Crawley, but has returned to full training and is hoping to make the starting line-up.

New signing Eddie Nolan, an unused substitute at the weekend after returning to Glanford Park on non-contract terms, could play some part against Carlisle, while centre-half David Mirfin is still pressing for a recall.

Manager Brian Laws, who has no new injury or suspension problems, must decide whether to recall fit-again midfielder Josh Walker (ankle) to the starting line-up.

Right-back Christian Ribeiro is back with the first-team squad after recovering from a hamstring injury and midfielder Damien Mozika is close to a return to full training following a similar problem.

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott is unlikely to tinker with a winning line-up.

Abbott has no new injury or suspension problems following his side’s home win over Stevenage on Saturday, which was the Cumbrians’ third win in four league matches.

Abbott was dealt a blow over the weekend with confirmation defender Chris Chantler has been ruled out for the rest of the season following a persistent ankle problem, so winger Matty Robson will continue at left-back.

Andy Welsh recently returned to the side to fill the gap left by Robson’s switch and is hoping to make his fourth successive start.

Striker Rory Loy marked his first home appearance in over a year due to a broken leg with a goal against Stevenage and is likely to resume alongside Lee Miller, while central defenders Peter Murphy and Mike Edwards, on the bench in recent weeks, are both pushing for recalls.

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Scunthorpe v Carlisle preview

Date published: Friday 9th December 2011 1:50

Captain Cliff Byrne is facing a late fitness test as Scunthorpe look to to put a bad month behind them.

Byrne is struggling with a groin injury and could join a lengthy Iron injury list as the club attempt to claim their first win in six matches.

Also sidelined are goalkeeper Josh Lillis (knee), midfielder Damien Mozika (foot) and striker Matt Godden (hip/hernia), while Oliver Norwood will start a three match ban after his red card against Notts County.

Norwood is likely to be replaced by Sam Togwell, who returns from a suspension of his own, while fellow midfielder Jimmy Ryan is also on the comeback trail.

Ryan played for the reserves in midweek, his first competitive football since suffering a knee injury against Walsall in September.

Striker Jordan Robertson is also pushing for a starting place, while Andrew Wright should return to the line-up having missed the match at Meadow Lane due to the birth of his child.

On-loan defender Chris Chantler and striker Paddy Madden are pushing for their respective places in Carlisle’s starting line-up.

Manchester City centre-half Chantler, 20, made his first appearance for the Cumbrians when stepping off the bench in last week’s FA Cup defeat at Charlton, while Madden also made a substitute’s appearance following a four-month lay-off due to a broken bone in his foot.

Manager Greg Abbott has no new injury or suspension problems, but striker Craig Curran (knee) remains doubtful.

Defender Frank Simek, sidelined due to hip and calf problems since sustaining injury on the opening day of the season, is close to returning to the squad, but Christian Ribeiro, on loan from Bristol City, is expected to continue at right-back.

The Cumbrians are chasing their first away league win in four attempts.

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