Kavanagh challenges Carlisle youngsters to step up and be counted

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Graham Kavanagh has told many of the youth prospects at Carlisle that it is time for them to shine as the club battles to come to terms with a lengthy injury list.

Carlisle travel to Bristol Rovers next with somewhat of an injury crisis to a large number of their more experienced squad members.

Francois Zoko and James Chester are the latest additions to the list, with Paul Thirlwell and Danny Livesey already expected to be out for the next month and Sean McDaid ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.

Kavanagh has used this situation to challenge many of the reserves to give Carlisle boss Greg Abbott a headache when some of the more senior players are fit enough to return to action in the coming weeks.

The assistant manager told the Carlisle News & Star: “When they get their opportunity – and everybody will – they have to step up to the plate and show us what they can bring to the party.

“Other than Peter Murphy and Frankie Simek, we don’t have any experienced players. It’s a team that is very young, very youthful, very honest team but it does lack a little bit of experience.”

Carlisle have slipped out of the League One play-off places after losing their last two games, but are 15/8 to beat Bristol Rovers and return to winning ways.

Both of the last two meetings between the pair at the Memorial Stadium have finished 3-2, with the home side coming out on top in League One last season.

Bristol Rovers are 11/8 to beat Carlisle again, while both sides are 25/1 to secure a 3-2 success.

Corry Evans is in line to make his first Carlisle appearance in the game after his recent loan switch from Manchester United. See the full Bristol Rovers vs Carlisle match betting odds market.

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Craig Kemp

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