Keith Millen says Joe Riley and Jack Armer both trained today as they bid to prove their fitness for Carlisle United’s clash with Walsall.

Both players missed the defeat to Harrogate Town on Tuesday with foot and leg injuries respectively.

Manager Millen said he will continue to assess the pair in the build-up to Saturday’s game against the Saddlers at Brunton Park.

“They were with us for part of the session today and they were ok afterwards, so we’ll have to assess them tomorrow,” Millen said.

“Hopefully there’s no recurrence or any problems. They were both good, so we’ll see.”

United’s squad has been depleted by injuries of late with Lewis Alessandra, Magnus Norman, Josh Dixon, Lukas Jensen and Gime Toure all sidelined.

While Millen hopes defender Armer and midfielder Riley will both be available to face Walsall, he said he hopes to have clarity tomorrow rather than leave things to the last minute.

“I normally like to name the team on a Friday,” he said. “I like to work with them and do the set-pieces.

“I’ll have to wait and see how they are tomorrow. If I feel another 24 hours would give them a chance I would look at that, but I never name a team on the day of the game. I much prefer to get the preparation in place.

“If I feel they’re going to be fit and they’re ready to start, even if I’m a bit careful with them tomorrow, at least it gives them another 24 hours.

“They’re both more contact injuries rather than muscle strains. What you don’t want to do is put them in training, someone kicks them again and it all flares up. Hopefully with another 24 hours, they should be a lot better.”

Millen says there are a couple more players he is being “careful” with but said there were no other injury issues.

“It’ll be good to have a couple more options in the squad because we were a bit bare on Tuesday,” he added. “If Jack and Joe are available it obviously adds the strength in the squad.”