Football - Cad close to Carlisle comeback

Carlisle striker Danny Cadamarteri has an outside chance of returning to the squad for the home clash with Sheffield United.

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The former Everton, Bradford and Huddersfield forward has missed the last six matches due to a groin injury, but returned to training at the start of the week and is hoping to feature.

Manager Greg Abbott, concerned at the number of goals his side have conceded this season, especially at Brunton Park, will still be without centre-half Peter Murphy, who is recovering from a hernia operation.

Valentin Gjokaj, on loan from Derby, made his debut for Carlisle as a half-time substitute in last week's FA Cup defeat to Bournemouth and is hoping for his first start, while fellow teenager Sean McGinty, on loan from Manchester United, has yet to make his first appearance for the club.

Skipper Paul Thirlwell returned from an ankle injury last week and should make his first league appearance since late October, but forwards Lee Miller (hernia and ankle) and Rory Loy (broken leg) remain long-term absentees.

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