Paul Simpson says it’s a huge positive to have an upbeat Joshua Kayode back in the building at Carlisle United.

The striker is continuing his rehabilitation from a shoulder injury at Brunton Park as he targets a comeback next month.

And Simpson says Kayode is already making his presence felt at the club through his positive personality.

Carlisle hope the Rotherham United loan striker can play a big part in the second half of the season after the injury ruined the start of his third spell at the club.

“JJ is very much on track,” said manager Simpson.

“His next consultant appointment is December 13, and he’s doing lots of work now, building up his running and that range of movement in his shoulder again which he’s not been able to do.

“He’s a really positive guy, a real good fella to have around.

“I’m delighted he’s with us and I can’t wait to get him fit again and back in the group.”

News and Star: Joshua Kayode suffered his shoulder injury after this challenge at AccringtonJoshua Kayode suffered his shoulder injury after this challenge at Accrington (Image: Richard Parkes)

Kayode’s transfer deadline-day move on a season-long loan was greeted positively by the Blues and their fans.

But hopes of an immediate impact were hit by the injury suffered by Kayode on his first outing, at Accrington Stanley in September’s EFL Trophy group game.

Although the 23-year-old went on to play in United’s next game, at Stevenage in the league, further assessments went on to reveal that he had dislocated his shoulder and suffered ligament damage in the process.

It was the latest piece of injury misfortune to strike Kayode, who suffered knee and quad problems in the previous year. The frontman spent the early stages of his rehab back at his Championship parent club.

Simpson is looking forward to having him available again come the winter with Kayode earmarked for a key role in United’s attack as they bid to survive in League One.

In the shorter term, meanwhile, Carlisle expect to have Owen Moxon and Sean Maguire available this week after they missed last Tuesday’s Trophy win over Harrogate Town with injury and illness respectively.

The duo are expected back for the Blues’ return to action against Charlton Athletic in the league next Saturday.

Carlisle remain without longer-term absentees Callum Guy, Taylor Charters and Paul Huntington, with Jack Ellis also on the road to recovery and Jokull Andresson also set to be sidelined with a shoulder injury.