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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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O'Hanlon misses Carlisle Utd's Burnley clash

Carlisle United must take on Burnley and their sharpshooting striker Charlie Austin today without defensive rock Sean O’Hanlon.

Sean O
Sean O'Hanlon

The big centre-half will miss the Blues’ first home friendly (Brunton Park, 3pm) after receiving an injection in his knee.

Manager Greg Abbott, above right, allayed fears of a lay-off for O’Hanlon by insisting the key defender would be back in training on Monday.

But his enforced absence this afternoon further depletes Abbott’s ranks for the test against Sean Dyche’s Championship side.

“We are a bit light in numbers,” said Abbott, who remains without midfielder Liam Noble.

“Sean had an injection to deal with a knee problem on Thursday. There is a bit of inflammation there and he’s not going to play.

“He’ll be training on Monday. I’m a bit disappointed with the injuries we’ve got because they are vital players to us.

“But we will go with the players we have and it will be a good test for us.”

Abbott had previously planned to give O'Hanlon, pictured below, the full 90 minutes this afternoon after resting him from Tuesday's game at Garforth due to the hard pitch at the non-league club.

But his absence means Danny Livesey and Mike Edwards are the only recognised centre-halves available for the meeting with £4.5million rated Austin, who recently saw a move to the Premier League with Hull fall through.

Noble, said Abbott, could return to training by the middle of next week, while there is a chance fellow midfielder James Berrett could be back in the squad today.

A further absentee will be trialist Danny Emerton, who has been released.

The former Hull midfielder had been with the Blues since the start of pre-season.

“I’ve spoken to Danny and we’re not going to persevere with him,” Abbott said. “I don’t think he’s better than what we’ve got.”

The United manager said he would make a final decision on the remaining trialist, Jordan Deacey on Monday.

And talks with Cumbrian striker Lewis Guy over a permanent deal with the Blues will resume after the weekend.

Today’s clash will see home debuts for new signings David Amoo, Josh Gillies and Reece James.

The Clarets, meanwhile, are expected to bring a strong squad including trialists Scott Arfield and David Jones.

Abbott said: “It will tell us where we are and what we need to know.

“Everyone has had pitch-time and had their chance to put their hat into the ring for the Leyton Orient game in two weeks’ time.

“There are places up for grabs at the minute.

“But after the Burnley game we will be pinning things down and starting to run with what will be close to our squad for the first game of the season.”

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