Football - Novo pushing for start

Carlisle striker Nacho Novo is hoping to make his first start for the club in the home game against Brentford.

PA Sport Report

The Spaniard, who recently signed a short-term deal until the end of the season, stepped off the bench for his first appearance with 11 minutes remaining in last week's home defeat to Rotherham.

Midfielders James Berrett (hamstring) and Paul Thirlwell (calf), plus defender Conor Townsend (foot) are not expected to play any part, but on-loan Manchester United teenager Sam Byrne is pushing for his first start.

Left-back Chris Chantler is also hoping to be involved. He was an unused substitute last week and has been restricted to five appearances this season due to an ankle injury.

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