Fin Back is set to make his first Brunton Park appearance for eight months this weekend.

The returning loanee is in line to make his comeback outing for Carlisle United in their friendly against Dundee United.

Saturday's game will see the Nottingham Forest man back on home soil with the Cumbrians for the first time since November.

It follows his return to the Blues on a second season-long loan deal.

Back, who signed on Monday, was with United for Tuesday’s friendly at Chorley FC but was not in the matchday squad.

Instead he took part in the warm-up and did some fitness work on the pitch.

Assistant manager Gavin Skelton said: “That was part of the plan.

“Our medical staff have worked closely with Nottingham Forest’s medical staff.

“I think he played game time when [their first team] were away in Poland, and the plan is for this Saturday to get him game time.

“He trained on Monday, has done his stuff [on Tuesday], off [Wednesday] and will go again [today].”

News and Star: Back pictured on his most recent Brunton Park appearance against Walsall in NovemberBack pictured on his most recent Brunton Park appearance against Walsall in November (Image: Ben Holmes)

Back, 20, said he jumped at the chance to rejoin the Blues, and an outing against Dundee United will hopefully put him in shape to fight for a starting place in Carlisle’s league opener against Fleetwood Town the following weekend.

He will compete with young Cumbrian Jack Ellis for the right wing-back role in Paul Simpson’s XI.

Skelton said United were delighted to see the Premier League prospect back at Carlisle.

“It’s good that Fin’s back – he knows the place, knows the squad,” said the coach.

“It was important to have him involved [at Chorley], not in the game but important he travelled with the squad.

“You can tell in his face, his expression, that he’s pleased to be back and he’ll certainly be an asset and provide competition on the right hand side.”

Back's last home appearance for Carlisle came in the 0-0 draw with Walsall on November 12 last year.

His remaining two outings in his 19-game spell came away from home, at Salford City in November and Leyton Orient in April - games which saw him suffer consecutive hamstring injuries.

Back has now returned from the latter and says he is in good shape after putting in some good training work at Forest prior to his move to Carlisle.