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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Matty Robson battling to get fit for Carlisle Utd's trip to Notts County

Matty Robson is in a race to be fit for Carlisle United’s crucial clash with play-off rivals Notts County on Saturday after loanee Ben Parker was sent back to Leeds United.

Matty Robson photo
Matty Robson

United will closely monitor Robson’s fitness this week as the badly-missed left-back prepares for a possible return at Meadow Lane.

Blues boss Greg Abbott will be hoping Robson is ready for action after allowing Parker to return to Leeds.

Robson, who has missed the last six games with a back injury, could have a run out in tonight’s Cumberland Cup quarter-final tie against Penrith at Brunton Park.

If he fails to recover in time for Saturday’s trip, Abbott could call up either Chris Chantler or Stephen O’Halloran to cover the left-back position.

Parker made five appearances for Carlisle but struggled to make an impact since replacing the injured Robson.

The 24-year-old scored on his second start – in the 2-1 win against Chesterfield – but was also involved in two 4-0 thrashings at Hartlepool and Brentford.

He will now seek to rebuild his injury-troubled career elsewhere, but is likely to struggle to break into Neil Warnock’s Leeds team.

Abbott said: “Ben came in and gave us 100 per cent at a time when he desperately wanted to be out on the pitch.

“He fitted in well and he really bought into what we are trying to achieve, and he is one who will get better and better the more he plays.

“The measure of the man came when I spoke to him after the Yeovil game and his comment was ‘just make sure you go on and get promotion’.

“We really enjoyed having him with us and we wish him all the best for the rest of the season.”

Chantler and O’Halloran could also feature in tonight’s tie against Northern League Penrith when the winners will clinch a semi-final place (7pm).

The two sides last met in the competition in October 2010 when goals from Ben Marshall and Andy Cook earned Carlisle a 2-0 third-round win.

In the most recent meeting between the two sides, a pre-season friendly in July, a hat-trick from Paddy Madden earned the Blues a 3-2 victory.

Carlisle have confirmed their first pre-season friendly this summer will be against Kendal on Friday, July 13.

Former Carlisle keeper Matty Glennon kept a clean sheet on his debut for Chester in a 4-0 win over Buxton.

The 33-year-old, who made 104 appearances for Carlisle between 200-04, joined Chester on the eve of Saturday’s game until the end of the season.

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