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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Carlisle United boss calls off defender hunt as Livesey returns

Greg Abbott has called off his search for extra defenders after welcoming the “essential” return from injury of Danny Livesey.

Danny Livesey photo
Danny Livesey

The stalwart centre-half is back in the Carlisle United squad after recovering from a hamstring problem.

Abbott had been down to his last two fit central defenders and was monitoring the loan market.

But Livesey’s return to fitness means the long-serving ex-Bolton man can again compete with Mike Edwards and Peter Murphy for a place in the Blues back four.

Abbott said: “It’s not a bonus to have Danny back – it’s an absolute essential.

“If one of my central defenders goes – or my central midfield players – then we are down to the bare bones again. It is excellent news to have him back and I am looking at the other end of the pitch now.”

Abbott has made little secret of his wish to find extra strike options in the loan window.

A target man to replace injured Lee Miller is the top priority but the Blues manager is also looking for players who can add some creativity to his team.

Pacy Huddersfield frontman Kallum Higginbotham is under consideration but Abbott is eyeing several other targets.

“I’m looking for people who can put the ball in the back of the net and get us up the pitch,” he added.

Birmingham striker Jake Jervis is in the last two weeks of his month’s loan spell and it is currently far from certain that the Blues will try to extend the deal.

Jervis scored on his debut against Portsmouth on August 25 but has failed to find the target since then.

And he was guilty of a glaring miss in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Hartlepool, when he sliced wide of an open goal.

Abbott said the big frontman must not dwell on the miss, adding: “It happens – Jake is young, he will have good times and bad times.”

Abbott will give some of his fringe players an opportunity in tonight’s Cumberland Cup tie at Celtic Nation.

The likes of Andy Welsh and Alessio Bugno could feature in the Blues squad along with several younger players.

The Northern League club could include former United men Paul Arnison and Jeff Smith for the tie at Gillford Park. Kick-off 7pm.

 

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