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Carlisle Utd could loan out players after enquiries

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott has hinted that he is ready to let some of his frustrated fringe players leave the Blues on loan.

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Greg Abbott

Abbott, whose side host 12th-placed MK Dons today, suggested that one of his experienced players could be set to depart.

The Blues manager revealed he had received “enquiries” and said he would be happy to discuss a move to allow members of his squad to get first-team football.

“Teams are scrambling for points and need an extra body, and that might come from one of ours that isn’t playing regular football,” he said.

“We’ve got five or six who aren’t in the starting eleven, who have a lot of experience and played a lot of games.

“I would think a team around the bottom of League Two might come knocking for somebody tried and tested at this level.

“There have been enquiries and I would imagine there will be some more knocks on the door."

Abbott is poised to hand new loan left-back Jordan Mustoe his debut today as the 16th-placed Blues bid to continue their five-match unbeaten run at home.

The United boss said the 22-year-old Wigan man has been in his sights for more than a year.

He added: “We know Roberto [Martinez] and Gary Jones at Wigan well and they talk highly of him. Jim Bentley at Morecambe, where he has been on loan, also sent his highest regards.

“He is a good kid, a typical Liverpudlian – he loves his football, has a nice left foot, likes to tackle and has a good grounding on how to play the game, plus he seems to be the right type of character.

“Hopefully he can help us and do his career the power of good. If he’s anywhere near as successful as other players we’ve helped, like James Chester, Ben Marshall and Adam Clayton, then we’re on to a winner.”

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson has Ryan Lowe and Antony Kay back from suspension, and Izale McLeod available after being cup-tied, as he bids to revive their fading promotion bid with a first win in six.

Alan Smith is banned and Stephen Gleeson injured for a fixture which has traditionally been a high-scoring affair.

United and the Dons have traded 40 goals in just nine meetings and Abbott – who expects to have Brad Potts available despite a bruised shin – expects a ding-dong battle today.

“We have had some classics,” he admitted. “But they will be coming here with a fierce determination to get back on track so it might not be the free-flowing attacking football we’re used to.

“They lost key players at key times, which has hurt them, because they are probably the best out-and-out footballing side in the division.

“I really enjoy Karl and Mick Harford’s company – we bump into each other on the road, watching games, and they always hammer me.

“Karl will be an angry man at the moment and I’m sure both teams will go at each other with everything they’ve got.

“A draw doesn’t suit anybody.”


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