Carlisle United defender Frank Simek makes injury progress

Frank Simek
Simek was part of the Carlisle side that lifted the 2010-11 Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley

Carlisle United defender Frank Simek says he is happy with the progress he is making from the torn hip flexor muscle injury he picked up last month.

The United States international was ruled out for around eight weeks with the problem he suffered in United's 3-0 opening day defeat by Notts County.

"The injury is progressing well," Simek told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"It's been three and half weeks. They said initially eight weeks but, as of right now, I'm doing pretty well."

Simek, 26, had returned to his native US to undergo rehabilitation but has now come back to the club as part of his recovery.

In the meantime the Cumbrians have brought in Newcastle full-back James Tavernier on a short-term loan deal as cover.

Simek added: "In football, it's not always positive but you've got to roll with the punches.

"I'll do that. There's a lot of the season left and James Tavernier has come in and done very well, which is great for the team.

"If we can keep this form going then, hopefully, when I do come back, I can help us progress further.

"It's all about the team here."

Carlisle boss Greg Abbott brought Simek to Brunton Park following his release by Sheffield Wednesday in July 2010. The full-back made 56 appearances last term, winning a Johnstone's Paint Trophy medal at Wembley in the process.