International duo Dean Furman and Joshua Kayode will link back up with Carlisle United ahead of this weekend’s trip to Crawley.

The duo are set to join the Blues for training tomorrow on one of the Cumbrians’ longest trips of the league season.

Striker Kayode is back from scoring for the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21s against Luxembourg on Wednesday night, in his second of two appearances.

Midfielder Furman will also bolster United’s ranks for the trip to Sussex having played two full games for South Africa against Sao Tome & Principe.

“Our internationals have flown home and they’re good,” boss Chris Beech said.

“It’s good that JJ scored, I spoke to him last night and we’re due to see him train with us tomorrow.

“Dean Furman’s back – he had a long flight back from South Africa, he was struggling yesterday to get back from London to Manchester with an internal flight, but I think he’s made it home.

“They’ll get coronavirus tested and will be back with us, so we’ll see how we go for the weekend.”

Beech admitted it had been frustrating to lose two senior players for United’s last two games but said he did not begrudge either the chance to make their mark in international football.

He said: “I’ll be honest, I do see [the call-ups] as an inconvenience, 100 per cent in this current climate, but Dean’s playing for his national team, he’s an absolute legend out there and has only moved back to the UK because he’s got a new-born and wants to be back in this country and bring his family up in England.

“He got the opportunity to go back there. He’s played so many big games for them, he’s got legendary status there, he would have been daft not to have done that from a personal perspective.

“For JJ [Kayode], it’s an opportunity to get involved in his national team for the 21s, and he did great. He’s had to be patient because the last time he got called up he didn’t get on the pitch. This time he affected a goal in a bit of pitch time, then started and scored.

“Obviously I’d have preferred if he had a Carlisle shirt scoring that goal…I had a joke with him and said, ‘I’m knocking on the door now Josh, I’m like a debt collector, you’ve played a dozen games for us, we want our goals now…’”