No panic to sign striker - Carlisle United boss Abbott

(l-r) Craig Curran, Rory Loy, Francois Zoko and Paddy Madden
The trio of Curran, Loy, and Zoko will cover in the absence of Madden (right)

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott has maintained there will no panic buys to add cover to the squad following injury to Paddy Madden last month.

Madden is out for up to three months with a metatarsal break, leaving three fit strikers available in Francois Zoko, Rory Loy and Craig Curran.

"We won't get one unless we think he's better than what we've got," Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"Last time we were panicked into something we made the wrong decision."

Abbott added: "In my own mind I'm hopefully not going to make the wrong decision, I've got a list of plenty of strikers that might fit the bill.

"If I do it, it's the only chance I get so we will wait for someone we really think will make an impact, if we decide at all to do it."

The Cumbrians have added to their squad during the summer with Jon-Paul McGovern, Andy Welsh and Stephen O'Halloran arriving at Brunton Park to boost Abbott's line-up.

However new additions in the lead-up to Saturday's League One opener with Notts County appear unlikely according to the United boss.

"There's always a chance, but I don't think so to be honest because there's no-one barking out to say come and sign me," Abbott continued.

"I am really comfortable the way the pre-season has gone, the way the attacking players have played, including midfielders, because the way we play because they've got a responsibility to get on the box.

"James Berrett has been outstanding in that respect, Craig [Curran] has got a couple of goals, Rory has scored a couple.

"We're reasonably OK with what we've got, so I don't see a reason to not let the players have a go at it and see how they get on first."

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