Chris Beech expects Jon Mellish to make a quick return after the defender missed last night’s win over Forest Green with a dead leg.

But the Carlisle boss has urged all his players to inform them of injury issues sooner.

Ex-Gateshead man Mellish suffered the injury in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Morecambe.

Beech said it was not until the following day that he was told about the problem, a time he was planning his team selection for Tuesday's FA Cup replay.

He said: “Jon got a really bad dead leg just outside the dugout at Morecambe.

“He didn’t say anything on Saturday…he just came in, and we got the call midday Sunday. We want that phonecall earlier.

“I’ve spoken to the physio [Neil Dalton] about [players] having more discipline in terms of communicating how you’re feeling.

“I know lads have just played, they have a lie-in, they feel like they’re gonna be okay for Monday, but as soon as they start getting about, they obviously know.

“Jon’s an honest lad and rang straight away but we need to tighten up on those things to get in better positions to plan.”

Asked if Mellish should be fit for Saturday’s visit of Grimsby, Beech said; “He should be, yeah. I got told he was a hard nut from Gateshead! So it’s just a dead leg.”

Beech, though, said midfielder Jack Bridge could be out for “a couple of weeks” with an ankle problem.

Left-back Jack Iredale is sidelined for a similar period due to a knee injury.

On Bridge, Beech said: “He twisted his ankle. [Because of the weather] we had to train on 3G, 4G – you don’t have to but ultimately you end up not training if you don’t.

“So we went on that a week last Monday and he twisted his ankle in preparation to play. Apparently he’s had it before. [He’ll be out] maybe a couple of weeks.

“Dolly’s on top of everything. I want to reduce that – it costs the club money when lads are in there and they’re not available for me for choice.”

Beech also said that, when Bridge returns to fitness, he will be demanding better end product from the ex-Northampton midfielder.

He said: “I know Jack, he’s played League One at Southend, and with Northampton, and he’s a good football player.

“But I have spoken to him [and said that] when he does play, with the possession-based game he’s got, it’s important there’s a reason for it – assists and goals.

“His twists and turns are lovely but – assists and goals.”