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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Chantler playing through pain barrier to ease Carlisle Utd injury crisis

Chris Chantler is prepared to play through the pain barrier to help ease Carlisle United’s injury crisis.

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Chris Chantler

The left-back is carrying a heel injury which has prevented him from training properly for the past two weeks. Chantler is having to wear special insoles in his boots but the former Manchester City kid is determined to continue despite being in discomfort during matches.

That will have come as a relief to boss Greg Abbott, whose side had to soldier on without injured trio Paul Thirlwell, Danny Livesey and Matty Robson and long-term crocks Lee Miller and Rory Loy in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Brentford.

“My heel is still not great but it’s a lot better than it was,” said Chantler. “I was really struggling with it against Ebbsfleet and I had an injection in it before the game.

“After the Ebbsfleet match I had only a 30-40 per cent chance of playing at Preston. Then I woke up and it was a bit better. I tried it and it felt okay.

“I last trained properly about two weeks ago and since then I’ve been doing tiny bits, but I think with time it’s going to get better.

“I’ve got insoles in my boots to help me. I normally have them anyway but my other ones collapsed a bit so I got new ones. Every time I was running, it was rubbing my heel and bruising it.

“I had a scan which showed a bit of swelling on the bottom of my foot, and a little thing around the Achilles. But getting the insoles takes a bit of pressure off it. Hopefully next week it should be gone.

“I can still feel it now and as I pound on it, but it’s something I can get through. It won’t stop me playing. It is part of the job.”

Teenage midfielder Brad Potts will be hoping to be included in the England Under-19 side which faces Finland tonight at Telford.

The 18-year-old, who played against Brentford on Saturday, is the first Carlisle player to be called up for England Under-19s since Paul Reid in 2000.

Potts has been training with Noel Blake’s squad at St George’s Park ahead of the friendly against Finland.

Greg Abbott missed out to Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, who was named manager of the year at the North West Football awards last night.

Lee Miller also missed out in the League One player of the year category which went to Preston left-back David Buchanan.

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