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

Last Updated: 13/04/13 at 14:40

Paul Thirlwell: Out of home clash

Paul Thirlwell: Out of home clash

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Carlisle will be without midfielder Paul Thirlwell for the home clash.

Thirlwell sustained a calf injury in the midweek win at leaders Doncaster and was replaced by Danny Cadamarteri.

Manager Greg Abbott has no other new injury or suspension worries as his side chase a third straight league win.

But defender Frank Simek, who has missed the last two games due to a thigh injury and winger Matty Robson, sidelined for the last three with a back problem, are expected to miss out again.

Defenders Peter Murphy and Mike Edwards, strikers Rory Loy and Mark Beck and recent signing Mathieu Manset are all pushing for recalls as the Cumbrians look to extend their unbeaten run to six matches.

Simon Grayson will assess a collection of bumps and bruises among his Preston squad ahead of the npower League One trip to Carlisle.

Nicky Wroe opened the scoring from the penalty spot during Tuesday night's 2-0 victory over Oldham at Deepdale but the midfielder came off with a tight calf before full-time.

He will be assessed along with forward Stuart Beavon (shoulder), while Keith Keane will play unless a slot for the hernia surgery he requires can be arranged following a visit to a specialist this week.

Lee Holmes has recovered from a hamstring injury but Grayson is expected to proceed with caution.

"With hamstring injuries, they normally take longer than seven days, so we probably expect him to be missing but you never know with certain players," he told North End's official website.

"If he is any doubt he doesn't play and we leave him for the weekend after."

On his other doubts, Grayson added: "Nicky Wroe came off with his calf a little bit tight, Stuart Beavon's shoulder was a little but sore from the other week when he was concussed and Lee Holmes was out.

"These players, if they don't make it for the weekend we've got others that are desperate for a game."

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