Carlisle v Morecambe preview
Last Updated: 12/10/18 10:39am
Richie Bennett could be involved for Carlisle in their League Two clash against Morecambe this weekend.
The striker has missed the last three league games through injury but is nearing full fitness and in contention for a place in the squad. Defender Anthony Gerrard is a doubt after sitting out Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy match because of a tight calf.
Midfielder Jamie Devitt remains absent with the shin problem he picked up against Grimsby at the start of October.
Kevin Ellison added to Morecambe's injury woes by limping off with a calf injury during their Checktrade Trophy loss to Stoke in midweek. The Shrimps have lost James Sinclair (ankle), Andy Fleming and Alex Kenyon (both knee) in recent weeks while Zak Mills (hamstring and hernia) Steven Old and Garry Thompson (Achilles) are also sidelined.
Boss Jim Bentley is hoping Aaron Wildig and Vadaine Oliver (knee) will both be able to play through pain while Andrew Tutte is also a doubt because of illness. Goalkeeper Barry Roche is playing with a wrist problem and Kyle Hawley picked up a knock in training.
Carlisle have lost just once in eight Football League meetings with Morecambe (P8 W3 D4 L1).
Morecambe have never lost against Carlisle at Brunton Park in the Football League (P4 W1 D3 L0).
Carlisle have already beaten Morecambe once this season, winning 3-2 in an EFL Trophy meeting.
Morecambe have won just one of their last 12 away league games (D4 L7), failing to score in seven of those games.
Hallam Hope has been directly involved in each of Carlisle's last three League Two goals (one goal, two assists).