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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Red tape delays arrival of St Lucian players at Carlisle Utd

Greg Abbott will have to wait until the end of July before he can run the rule over two St Lucian youngsters at Carlisle United.

The Blues manager says he is battling to cut through red tape in order to get the teenage players to Brunton Park to train with his squad.

The young players, who Abbott spotted during his recent coaching stint on the island, are also involved in matches in the Caribbean for another month.

But the United boss remains keen to test them out against his Blues squad as part of his bid to establish a regular link between Carlisle and the St Lucian football set-up.

“I have identified two – aged 16 and 17 – but the amount of red tape to go through to get them over is ridiculous,” said Abbott. “We are working on that but the earliest we are likely to see them is July 25.”

St Lucia play their delayed World Cup CONCACAF qualifiers against Aruba on July 8 and 12 – games for which Abbott helped prepare the team during his two-week trip in May.

The Blues boss added: “These two players are not going to go into our first team – I just want to see how they compare, and give us an indication of whether we are going to be able to pursue something.”

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