Carlisle United's next League Two opponents Bury have said they are experiencing "financial restrictions" which are understood to have led to players and staff not being paid on time.

Reports have suggested wages for playing and non-playing staff, due on Friday, have not yet been paid.

The Gigg Lane club, who were taken over three months ago, released a statement today to say they are trying to resolve the unspecified issues.

"Following on from the takeover of the club, some unforeseen circumstances have led to interim internal financial restrictions," the statement said.

"We value our players and staff at the club, and they were all informed of this last week in a number of meetings.

"The chairman and the board of directors remain fully committed to resolving the situation as quickly as possible, to ensure that the club can move forward and maintain our push for promotion."

Bury, whose squad includes ex-United players Nicky Adams and Tom Miller and whose sporting director is former Blues No2 Lee Dykes, are third in League Two.

They suffered a second successive defeat on Tuesday night, losing 3-0 at home to Cambridge after Saturday's setback against Swindon.

That ended a 14-game unbeaten run.

United manager Steven Pressley and coach Paul Murray were at Gigg Lane to watch the Cambridge game on a scouting trip ahead of the weekend clash.

Businessman Steve Dale bought the club in December as he took over from former chairman Stewart Day.

Upon taking control, the club said Dale would be addressing "cash flow issues off the pitch" which had hit the club after last season's relegation from League One.

In League Two's other midweek game, fith-placed Tranmere's seven-game winning run was ended by a 2-0 defeat at Oldham.