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Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Carlisle and Exeter at Brunton Park.

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Murphy: May feature for Carlisle

Murphy: May feature for Carlisle

Carlisle defender Peter Murphy is hoping to keep his place in the starting line-up.

Murphy was replaced at half-time during last week's defeat at Sheffield Wednesday by Matty Robson, who made his first appearance since January due to a back injury.

Manager Greg Abbott must decide whether to retain Danny Livesey and Lubo Michalik in central defence and continue with Robson at left-back, or reshuffle his back four completely.

Midfielder Jon-Paul McGovern and winger Andy Welsh are pushing for recalls to the starting XI after stepping off the substitutes' bench last week, while the experienced Paul Thirlwell offers Abbott an alternative option.

Left-back Chris Chantler (hamstring) and striker Lee Miller (groin and compassionate leave) remain sidelined, but the Cumbrians have no new injury or suspension problems as they look to keep their play-off hopes alive.

Exeter should have Richard Duffy back in their matchday squad.

The Grecians defender has been struggling with a groin problem of late but is expected to return to the Devon club's ranks for a game they must win if they are to have any chance of avoiding relegation to League Two.

Jonathan Fortune is also set to make his comeback from a hamstring injury while John O'Flynn could return to the Exeter squad, but forwards Jamie Cureton and Jake Taylor are doubts for manager Paul Tisdale.

Danny Coles will also miss out as he continues to make his way back to full fitness following the fractured spine he suffered earlier in the campaign.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Brentford v Preston
Bristol C v Notts Co  
Carlisle v Walsall  
Colchester v Oldham  
Coventry v Swindon  
Crawley v Leyton Or  
Gillingham v Tranmere  
Port Vale v MK Dons  
Shrewsbury v Crewe  
Wolves v Rotherham  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 42 51 93
2 Brentford 42 29 87
3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
5 Preston 42 23 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
8 MK Dons 42 1 58
9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 41 -5 52
13 Bradford 42 1 50
14 Bristol C 42 0 50
15 Coventry 42 -1 49
16 Gillingham 42 -19 48
17 Oldham 41 -11 47
18 Colchester 42 -11 46
19 Tranmere 42 -22 46
20 Notts Co 42 -15 43
21 Carlisle 41 -26 43
22 Crewe 42 -29 43
23 Shrewsbury 42 -14 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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