Carlisle fan favourite Jason Kennedy has a horrid couple of years when it comes to injuries, though a return to fitness is just around the corner.
The 32 year-old has had long injury lay off after a pelvis operation last January, but in all it is now 410 days since he last played for the Blues.
This followed on from a turbulent spell of injuries, and arguably last seasons struggle without Kennedy and star man Nicky Adams took its toll on the squad.
Despite not having always been the a standout player Kennedy is loved by large numbers in the fan base – embodying a workman like nature and always making a positive impact in Carlisle’s four-year struggle in League Two.
His spell at Brunton Park makes him the second longest-serving player in the squad, only behind captain Danny Grainger.
It’s certainly been apparent that Carlisle have struggled at times without their captain this season, though a return of a senior figure like Kennedy would also be a massive boost for a squad lacking in-depth.
This was made apparent last Saturday, as the midfielder was a surprise announcement on the bench.
It was later confirmed that he isn’t ready to return and that they merely needed more personnel, a worrying sign for United fans ahead of a January transfer window that may prove testing.
John Sheridan’s side return to Brunton Park this weekend, a start of a busy Christmas period where the blues will play four games at home in the space of three weeks.
With the fixtures it may prove pivotal to have back up options in the ranks and hopefully to see an appearance for the much-loved Kennedy.
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