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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Carlisle Utd ace happy to be back in squad after injury lay-off

Matty Robson insists he doesn’t expect to walk back into Carlisle United’s side after ending his three-month injury nightmare.

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Matty Robson

The left-back is in the frame for a start in Saturday’s must-win clash with Exeter after making his comeback as a sub last weekend. Robson is finally free from the back injury which forced him on to the sidelines in January.

And while the ex-Hartlepool man admits he couldn’t be happier to be back, he doesn’t have the right to demand inclusion from the start in Greg Abbott’s side.

“I’m willing to start, but that’s a decision the gaffer’s got to make,” Robson said. “I’m just happy being back in the squad. I would say that over the past few games I wouldn’t deserve to be back in the team, because the lads have done fantastically well.

“To get the opportunity in the second half at Sheffield Wednesday was a good feeling and I’m looking forward to pushing on.”

Robson could be an option from the start in play-off chasing United’s clash with the Grecians if Abbott opts to reshuffle his defence after three straight defeats.

Peter Murphy has been deputising at left-back since Chris Chantler – Robson’s deputy – also suffered an injury.

A return for Robson would leave Murphy, Danny Livesey and Lubo Michalik fighting for two centre-half places but manager Abbott could stick with the same defence that started at Hillsborough.

Robson said: “I wouldn’t say it’s been a difficult three months but it’s been long, trying to solve the problem.

“My aim was just to get back training and enjoy what was left of the season. I’ve been to most home games and watched some fantastic stuff. Credit to the boys, they’ve been really pleasing to watch. We have had a hammer blow with the injuries we have suffered at the worst time, but it’s not going to dampen spirits. We have got the boys who can win the next two games for us.”

A win for Carlisle can send Exeter down this weekend, with Paul Tisdale’s side needing a victory to stand any chance of prolonging their survival attempt.

United, meanwhile, are underdogs in the race for sixth place with Stevenage three points clear and with a superior goal difference.

But Robson said it would be foolish to take anything for granted in League One.

“It’s never done until it’s done in this league,” he said. “There are always twists and turns. We have suffered a couple of defeats which is disheartening after the lads have worked so hard to put us in a magnificent position.

“But it’s never going to dampen our spirits. We are still in with a fighting chance and we’ll go to the death.”

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