Carlisle V Accrington Stanley at Brunton Park : Match Preview

24 December 2017
Curle set to keep the faith when Carlisle host Accrington

Carlisle manager Keith Curle could keep faith with the same starting line-up who have won their last two matches when the Cumbrians host Accrington on Boxing Day.

Following Tuesday's rearranged FA Cup win over Gillingham, Curle retained the same team for their trip to Forest Green and was rewarded with a 1-0 success on Saturday.

Kelvin Etuhu and Shaun Miller are waiting in the wings if the former England defender decides to change things up, while Danny Grainger could be rested after playing in both matches in the four-day period following his recovery from a side strain.

Midfielder Jason Kennedy is a long-term absentee and is set to have a second operation on his pelvic injury in the new year, meaning he is expected to be out for another 12 months.

Accrington captain Seamus Conneely is a doubt for the trip to Cumbria with a groin injury.

The right-back suffered a recurrence of the problem in the 3-2 home defeat against Crawley on Saturday.

Jordan Thorniley also picked up a groin injury in training ahead of the Crawley clash and may miss out against Carlisle.

Erico Sousa made a late appearance off the bench over the weekend after a leg injury and could return on Boxing Day while Mekhi McLeod could also be back in contention.