Carlisle v Port Vale preview
Last Updated: 20/08/18 1:16pm
Kelvin Etuhu is expected to be fit for Carlisle's home clash with Port Vale.
The midfielder required stitches in a head injury during the first half of the Cumbrians' 1-0 win at Cheltenham on Saturday and was later substituted. New loan signing Ashley Nadesan, back at Carlisle from Fleetwood, made his debut against the Robins and boss John Sheridan was impressed.
"He is a bit short of matches but I thought I'd throw him in and go 4-4-2, trying to be attack-minded, and he didn't let himself down," said Sheridan, who worked with the striker at Highbury Stadium. "He's come off at the end with cramp but one thing I know is he's going to work his socks off and unrest defenders."
Manny Oyeleke will miss out for Port Vale after he suffered a hamstring problem in the first half of the weekend's 1-0 win against Crawley. Boss Neil Aspin said: "I wouldn't expect him to be playing this week. We will just have to see how he settles down."
Cristian Montano is not expected to recover from a back injury in time, so new loan signing Mitchell Clark should once again start at left-back. Aspin was pleased with the performance of his defence against the Reds, meaning the experienced Leon Legge is likely to keep his place at the expense of Nathan Smith.
Carlisle have won just one of their last five league meetings with Port Vale (D1 L3), which came in their last match when they recorded a 2-1 victory in April 2018.
Port Vale have only failed to score on one occasion at Brunton Park in their last 12 visits in all competitions, in a 2-0 league defeat in November 1986.
Carlisle are on a run of six home league games without a win (D5 L1). They last went seven home league games without winning in September 2013.
Carlisle manager John Sheridan has won just three of his 13 meetings with Port Vale in all competitions (D5 L5) and is winless in the last four.
Tom Pope has scored three goals in his last four league appearances against Carlisle, and has only failed to find the net once against them for Port Vale - in their 2-1 defeat in April 2018.