Carlisle boss 'devastated' as full-back Townsend ruled out for the season

Carlisle United manager Graham Kavanagh was left “devastated” last night with the news key defender Conor Townsend is out for the season

Graham Kavanagh
Graham Kavanagh

Carlisle United manager Graham Kavanagh was left “devastated” last night with the news key defender Conor Townsend is out for the season.

And to make matters worse, a deal had already been agreed with Hull City last week meaning Carlisle will still have to pay his wages until the end of this campaign.

With every penny, never mind a pound, counting at Brunton Park, this could mean Kavanagh (pictured left) being unable to bring anyone else in because his budget has already been reached.

And to top it all, midfielder Chris Chantler is out for a month after damaging ankle ligaments. Kavanagh said: “It’s a huge blow to lose Conor who has been brilliant for us all season.

“It’s devastating for him and the club. We have spent that money on him, having extended the loan last Thursday, so it means we pay his wages from now until the deal is up.

“This could mean that I won’t be able to bring in a replacement. I’ll have to see. If that’s the case then I’ll have to juggle things around. It is what it is.”

There is not a huge amount of money going about League One, especially at Carlisle. Kavanagh said: “We’ve generated some revenue with the cup run, and one or two other things, but I don’t think we’ll be able to go out and spend willy-nilly. We’ve had lots of cuts right across the board. The club is very conscious of the fact that it doesn’t want to get back into a bad situation, which I totally understand.”

Kavanagh and his side face Colchester at home today, and he added: “They will come trying not to lose the game. Colchester are four points ahead of ourselves and won’t fancy being dragged down closer to us.”

NEIL CAMERON

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