Carlisle United boss Chris Beech says Callum Guy’s fitness will be monitored ahead of this weekend’s trip to Grimsby.

The midfielder came off in the second half of Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Oldham with an ankle problem.

Guy, who has been in good form for the Cumbrians, was back on the training ground today with Beech hoping the ex-Blackpool man will be able to face the Mariners.

“He turned his ankle in the warm-up [at Oldham],” Beech said.

“He came in early and had strapping on it.

“You can tell by body language that he didn’t look comfortable, but assured me he was fit to play.

“He did play very well but what happened was at half-time…it stiffened up, and when you get more tired, like we do in anything we do, things hurt more, and he couldn’t quite get it going again to the point of feeling more comfortable.

“As the game wore on, you could see him limping off the ball. I think it was the right thing to do to bring him off.

“We’ll see how he is today and see if he’s available on Saturday.”

Beech still has Omari Patrick and Brennan Dickenson on the sidelines but said Patrick was back on the training pitch today as the forward continues his comeback from a hamstring problem.

“He’s in front of Brennan because his injury wasn’t as bad,” Beech said.

“Both are progressing really well. It will be great to have both of them back.

“Brennan’s a really exciting, physical, powerful player with an unbelievable rocket shot of a left foot. But you’ve not really seen that.

“We’ll have to be patient when he’s back with us.

“Omari scored his goal [against Southend] but he hurt his other leg in it. We just have to get him in rhythm, and I’m sure he’ll give us some more attacking attributes to consider.”

Beech, meanwhile, has been pleased with Guy’s form with the January signing getting a consistent run of games after his own comeback from February’s knee injury.

He has now challenged the 23-year-old to enhance his game further.

United’s boss said: “I love the way he plays – he’s all-in in terms of trying to get the ball back, and he’s got good passing ability. He’s reading play well and he’s fitter.

“If there’s a criticism and challenge for him to get better at – because he can – it’s his shooting. If he scores more goals, added to that play, I very much doubt he’d be here.

“Whether he can get that or not we’ll see.”

Beech said Guy had fought back from a challenging period when he was recovering from his injury during the Covid-19 lockdown.

He said: “It was very difficult for him. In the summer, we had [physio] Neil Dalton going to Aberdeen, [fitness coach] Dave Waldie lived in Lincoln, and it was difficult at times to connect.

“We’re in lockdown and my player’s had a knee operation, so I got him a watt bike – his missus wasn’t happy, because we stuck it in the kitchen in his house, with his little toddler running round…I said, ‘Make sure she doesn’t put the washing on it and you use it’.

“We got him out on the field when we could, and it grew from that point in terms of his rehab. It’s showing now.”

United signed Guy from Blackpool early in the year and Beech said he was always aware of his ability.

He added: "He [Guy] had never played League Two football til he came here.

"You don’t do that unless you’ve got something about you. He played for Blackpool, I think 16 or 17 games, up to January time when we recruited him.

"It was a bit of a surprise we got him. It’s important that we have that good relationship with clubs and know when they’re making moves to try and benefit their teams, and there’s a spillage from their areas of work that we can benefit from."