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Double injury blow for Cumbrians

Danny Livesey
Livesey was named in last season's League One team of the year

Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott has revealed that two of his first-team squad will not play again this season.

Defender Danny Livesey (knee) and midfielder Marc Bridge-Wilkinson (toe) have both been ruled out for the rest of the campaign through injury.

"It doesn't look like Danny and Marc are going to make it with the rehab work that's needed." manager Greg Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"We've just got to roll our sleeves up and get on with it."

Livesey, 24, has patella tendonitis - a disease in the tendon that causes inflammation in the knee while Bridge Wilkinson is recovering from an operation to remove floating bone in his big toe.

There's a big job to get this squad ready to take us forward and improve on what we've done so far

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott

The Cumbrians currently lie seven points above the relegation places in League One after Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Scunthorpe.

However, Abbott is refusing to blame injuries for his team's run of just one win in their last seven games.

"I don't think anyone wants to hear excuses (but) they're big important factors." Abbott said. "We've got plenty of options up front but it's other areas we're struggling with."

Abbott has revealed that he is still looking at the possibility of adding to his squad before the loan window closes later this month.

"We'll have a look at what we've got, we've still got a couple of weeks to go before that deadline comes." he said.

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson
Bridge-Wilkinson signed a new two-year deal with the club this season

"There's a big job to be done once we've achieved what we need to do this season. We've got to start building for the future... that process is ongoing.

"There's a big job to get this squad ready to take us forward and improve on what we've done so far," he added.

Abbott is also continuing with his attempts to tie-up new deals for top scorer Danny Graham and defender David Raven.

Both players will be out of contract at the end of the season but have so far failed to agree new contracts to stay at Brunton Park.

"It's important but if we can't resolve it, then we will look elsewhere." Abbott said. "It's important that I get a squad ready for next season and they are part of it at the moment."

"But if they don't want to be part of it then we will look elsewhere and try and get better than Danny Graham and David Raven.

"They've had offers and they're mulling them over but their main priority at the moment is their football and getting points."

Abbott is also hopeful that winger Lewis Neal will sign a long-term deal with the club after joining from Preston until the end of the season.

"Lewis is enjoying himself and he's a player we will talk to in the near future and try and convince him that his football is here next year." he said.

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