We'll get through injuries says Simmo as Blues prepare for return to action

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United return to action at Stevenage on Saturday after the Grimsby washout (photo: Richard Parkes)
United return to action at Stevenage on Saturday after the Grimsby washout (photo: Richard Parkes)

Paul Simpson says Carlisle United will get through their current injury problems as he eyes having more players back available soon.

The Blues, who go to Stevenage this weekend, have been hit by a number of absentees already this season.

Manager Simpson, though, said picking up injuries is an unavoidable consequence of the modern game.

And there is better news on the horizon with players such as Morgan Feeney and Ryan Edmondson expected back soon.

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“I’ve had a few situations when it’s been like this,” Simpson said, “particularly when I was an assistant at Derby and Bristol City.

“I just think it’s the nature of football now. We are pushing players harder, demanding they’re fitter, stronger, more robust.

“We maybe have to just get through this. I find it quite interesting as I read on what other teams are up to – even at the top level, with what they have for staff, they’re picking up injuries. Even Liverpool have a depleted group.

“We just have to keep our fingers crossed that everybody’s ok. Thankfully we didn’t play long enough at Grimsby to pick anything up, and we'll try and get a few more bodies available for this weekend.”

Simpson was without Owen Moxon for the game at Grimsby, which was abandoned in the first half because of a waterlogged pitch.

The midfielder, who has a thigh strain, could return against Steve Evans’ in-form Stevenage but United’s boss has stressed he will not risk the former Annan Athletic man if there is any doubt.

Defender and captain Feeney is set to return later this month from a foot problem with striker Edmondson expected back at a similar stage after a hip issue.

United are without defender Ben Barclay and striker Tobi Sho-Silva for several weeks, on top of the long-term absentees Brennan Dickenson, Joel Senior and Josh Dixon.

Simpson, who earlier today sealed the half-season loan signing of Bristol City defender Duncan Idehen, is preparing to hit the road again after Tuesday’s thwarted trip to Blundell Park.

“This August’s fixtures have been a proper testing time for us, with Colchester, Grimsby, Stevenage, and it will be a really tough game for us,” he said.

“But we’ve got an opportunity to really prepare properly. At least I don’t have to spend any time reviewing the Grimsby game – I can go straight onto Stevenage and prepare for that one.”

Simpson was planning a full training session today because of the shortened outing at Grimsby.

A planned recovery session for those who started the game was shelved given the abandonment. “Everybody will be out on the grass now - we can get some proper work done to prepare for the weekend,” Simpson added.

United’s boss has also paid tribute to Carlisle’s fans who travelled in vain to Grimsby.

Club directors have offered to pay for coach travel for the rearranged game.

Manager Simpson said of the supporters: “They’re absolutely brilliant, they really are outstanding the way they are.

“I don’t know what the numbers were [at Grimsby] but it’s brilliant of them to turn up.

“I really feel for them. I went back in the changing room because I honestly thought we were coming off to see if the rain settled. I took my coat off, dried myself down, then I heard on the Tannoy the game had been abandoned, so I stuck my coat back on to come back out and thank them for coming.

“I hope they’re not too disappointed, I hope they realised it was a really sensible decision to do it, and they come back for the next one.”