Westley hopeful of Welsh's return
Preston manager Graham Westley hopes to welcome John Welsh back into his
midfield for the visit of Carlisle in npower League One.
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
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