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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Carlisle Utd sweat on result of Lee Miller scan

Lee Miller’s season today hangs in the balance as Carlisle United desperately hope for good news over the influential striker’s groin injury.

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Lee Miller is taken off during the Scunthorpe game

United’s top scorer is heading for a scan today amid fears his campaign could be over.

The 15-goal frontman limped off during yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Scunthorpe and manager Greg Abbott admitted: “It doesn’t look good.”

The Blues boss is praying the injury is not serious enough to rule the big Scot out for the rest of Carlisle’s play-off push.

Miller’s injury added to Abbott’s frustrations after United slipped out of the top six despite extending their unbeaten run to nine games – and 17 at home.

“It was a big negative from the day and I’m not holding my breath,” said Abbott, who revealed that injured left-back Chris Chantler is due to see the same surgeon today over his hamstring injury.

Miller fell awkwardly after an aerial challenge moments before he was replaced in the 79th minute, although it is not clear exactly what caused his injury.

“It looks like a nasty one that might see the back of him,” Abbott added.

“The big man is as brave and honest as they come, and he’s not happy with it, and nor is Dolly [physio Neil Dalton].

“I don’t want to say anything too positive or negative until he has had his scan. But it could be a massive, massive blow for me and would be worse than the result against Scunthorpe.”

Miller’s line-leading play has been at the heart of Carlisle’s promotion push and his absence would set the Blues a serious test during their five-game run-in.

Leaders Charlton are aiming to seal promotion at Brunton Park this weekend, before Carlisle face Stevenage, Sheffield Wednesday, Exeter and Oldham.

United still have a game in hand on Notts County, who lead the Blues on goal difference after Lloyd Sam’s hat-trick gave them a 3-1 win over Yeovil.

But it is also likely they must get by without left-back Chantler, who missed yesterday’s game.

“It’s not great news on Chants but he is going with Lee to the same surgeon,” Abbott added.

“I hope the surgeon tells lies and says they’re both going to be fit for Saturday but I can’t see it at the minute.”

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