Carlisle v Huddersfield preview

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Carlisle and Huddersfield at Brunton Park.

Last Updated: 31/12/10 at 11:41

Abbott: Unchanged side

Abbott: Unchanged side

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Carlisle manager Greg Abbott will choose from an unchanged squad for the home clash with Huddersfield.

Abbott, whose side have lost their last three league games to the weather, last played on December 11 when they went down 2-0 at home to Dagenham.

Striker Mike Grella, on loan from Leeds, is pushing for a recall after starting on the substitutes' bench in that game while winger Matty Robson and central defender Peter Murphy, who has recovered from a recent back problem, are also challenging for starts.

Tom Cruise, on loan from Arsenal, is expected to continue at left-back in the absence of Sean McDaid, who is ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, but fellow defenders Tony Kane (knee) and Danny Livesey (groin) remain sidelined.

Huddersfield defenders Jamie McCombe and Liam Ridehalgh are both doubtful for the clash.

McCombe missed the 4-1 defeat at Southampton due to illness and Ridehalgh, a first-half substitute on Tuesday, is struggling with the same virus.

Manager Lee Clark has no new injury or suspension problems but could be tempted to make changes following successive defeats.

Midfielder Joey Gudjonsson and on-loan teenage Arsenal striker Benik Afobe are both pushing for recalls to the starting line-up after stepping off the substitutes' bench at Southampton.

But Clark will definitely be without long-term absentees Gary Naysmith (toe) and on-loan Plymouth midfielder Damien Johnson, ruled out for the rest of the season with knee ligament damage.

The Terriers have slipped to fourth in the table after defeats to Hartlepool and Southampton in their last two matches, but remain only one point behind second-placed Sheffield Wednesday.

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