Skipper back for Robins cup clash

Carlisle boss Greg Abbott will be boosted by the return of captain Paul Thirlwell for Wednesday's Carling Cup second-round tie at Bristol City.

Last Updated: 25/08/09 at 12:22

Thirlwell: Back in the frame

Thirlwell: Back in the frame

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Thirlwell is back in training following a calf injury and the midfielder will be in contention to play at Ashton Gate.

Fellow midfielder Marc Bridge-Wilkinson continues to be troubled by a back problem which kept him out of Saturday's defeat to Exeter and he will not feature.

Peter Murphy returned to the side on Saturday in place of Richard Keogh (ankle) and is set to continue at the heart of United's defence alongside Danny Livesey.

Teenage defender Simon Lakeland is a long-term absentee with a knee ligament injury as Abbott looks to cause an upset against the Championship side.

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