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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Frank Simek declares himself fit for Carlisle Utd's match with Accrington

Frank Simek has handed Carlisle United a pre-season boost by declaring himself fit for Saturday’s big kick-off in the Capital One Cup against Accrington Stanley.

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Frank Simek

The American right-back is set to play in tonight’s final friendly at Morecambe after recovering from a twisted ankle he suffered at Durham City two weeks ago.

Simek has missed the last two friendlies against St Mirren and Middlesbrough, giving teenage starlet Brad Potts a chance to shine in his absence.

But the experienced defender, who this summer signed a new one-year deal with the option of a further season, was able to train with his team-mates yesterday, and gets a run out at the Globe Arena tonight (7.30pm).

Simek expects to be ready for when the competitive action gets under way with the Capital One Cup tie at home to Accrington on Saturday, a week before the League One campaign begins against Stevenage.

“Missing 10 days isn’t the end of the world and I’ll be fine for the start of the season,” he said.

“I twisted my ankle on Durham’s artificial pitch but it wasn’t anything major.”

“I’ve had 10 days of rest but I trained on Monday and I’m scheduled to play against Morecambe. Before the injury, I did the majority of the running in pre-season so I haven’t lost a lot of ground.”

JP McGovern is also expected to feature tonight after missing pre-season programme following a double hernia operation. Rory Loy, who scored Carlisle’s goal in last summer’s 2-1 friendly defeat at Morecambe, could have a run out as he continues his build up after a broken leg.


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