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Notts County V Carlisle at Meadow Lane : Match Preview

01 Mar 2013 14:31:26

Notts County V Carlisle at Meadow Lane : Match Preview

Notts County V Carlisle - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.


Injury worries for Magpies

Notts County boss Chris Kiwomya is having to manage a handful of players with knocks ahead of the visit of Carlisle.

The fixture list - the Magpies played six matches during February - is beginning to take its toll on Kiwomya's squad but he did not reveal which players might be affected.

Dean Leacock went off injured five minutes from the end of the 4-1 home victory over Bury last Friday but the defender managed to play the full 90 minutes of the 1-1 draw with Tranmere on Tuesday night.

Francois Zoko returned to the starting line up at Prenton Park and he will hope to keep his place in the team against his former club.

The game will see Kiwomya will take charge of his first home match since he was given the Magpies job on a permanent basis last weekend.

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott is hoping winger Matty Robson returns for the encounter.

Robson, who has been playing at left-back in the absence of Chris Chantler, has missed the last two matches due to a groin injury.

Central defender Danny Livesey started in Tuesday night's home defeat to Walsall despite a head injury and should resume alongside Sean O'Hanlon.

Midfielder Paul Thirlwell could return to the starting line-up as Abbott has hinted at changing from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 formation, with teenage winger Dave Symington expected to make way.

Abbott has no new injury or suspension worries, but Chantler is out for the rest of the season due to an ankle injury.

The Cumbrians, six points above the relegation zone, are chasing their first league win in five matches.


PA

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