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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Prison curfew means Madine may miss Carlisle Utd away games

Gary Madine may be forced to miss the last two games of Carlisle United’s relegation fight – because of his prison curfew.

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Gary Madine

Loan striker Madine was forced to sit out the Blues’ 4-1 defeat at Peterborough which left Graham Kavanagh’s struggling side three points adrift of safety.

It has emerged that the terms of Madine’s licence, following his release from jail after an assault sentence, require him to be at home from 7pm.

United are planning talks with the authorities in a bid to have Madine available for their two remaining away games at Crawley and Wolves.

But it is possible that next weekend’s home clash with Oldham will be his last for the Blues.

Madine’s predicament is the latest twist in Carlisle’s desperate bid to avoid the drop into League Two.

Manager Kavanagh said: “We were aware of [the situation] but not to this extent.

“We were expecting to have him for the Peterborough game and all the others, except Crawley.

“But there has been a shift in the reasons. We were told at weekends he was free until 9pm but now it’s 7pm.

“That’s something completely out of our hands. We have him for next Saturday and there is a conversation being had on Thursday.

“I don’t know if that will make a difference but hopefully it will.”

Carlisle’s latest heavy defeat on the road saw Kavanagh accuse his team of a lack of leadership.

He also blasted the officials over the awarding of Peterborough’s first of two penalties, both converted by Britt Assombalonga.

United were incensed that Reece Brown was penalised for handball by ref Dave Phillips, allowing Assombalonga to put Posh 2-0 up.

“It was a ridiculous decision and the linesman facing the play on that side of the pitch didn’t give it,” Kavanagh stormed.

“He will tell you he was going to give it, because that’s what he told me afterwards – he told some lies which they all do.

“Reece has got his back to the ref so I don’t know how he has decided it’s handball.”

Carlisle’s fate could be all but sealed if they lose to Oldham and other results go against them next weekend.

Kavanagh added: “In the second half there was a lack of belief amongst the group, a lack of leaders, and that’s difficult to comprehend.

“We haven’t had leaders all season, from day one.

“But I’m not going down without a fight. If we can do our job on Saturday people will be looking over their shoulders at our extra game in hand at Crawley.

“I still believe we can go to Wolves with it all to play for.”

Paul Thirlwell’s season could be over as Carlisle United reel from yet more injury woe.

The skipper has an Achilles injury which forced him off at half-time at Peterborough.

And Liam Noble, who missed the game with a new calf problem, is also a doubt for United’s remaining games.

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