Paddy Madden return a boost for Carlisle - Lee Miller

Carlisle United striker Paddy Madden holds off Brentford's Robbie Neilson
Madden (left) suffered a broken metatarsal in pre-season

Carlisle United striker Lee Miller has welcomed the return of fellow forward Paddy Madden to the first-team squad following a long-term foot injury.

Madden, 21, broke a metatarsal in pre-season but returned for a first appearance of the campaign in Saturday's FA Cup defeat by Charlton.

"Paddy's looking great in training," Miller told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"He's had a horrible time with injuries so it's a good time for him to come back with games coming thick and fast."

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 striker returns as United have an ongoing injury concern with striker Craig Curran, who has a knee injury that forced him to miss Saturday's game.

Miller's arrival from Middlesbrough in August bolstered the Cumbrians' striker options, and the Scotland international made an immediate impact.

Familiar faces lift Carlisle striker Miller

The 27-year-old struck five goals in his first six games for Greg Abbott's side, but has only scored a further three times in his last 11 outings.

"It's not a concern, as long as I'm contributing to the team," Miller said. "Obviously you want to score in every game you play in, but that's not always possible.

"I've been around the block enough to know not to let it affect me.

"It's the hardest job in the game to score goals, and that's what you're based on as a striker but I hope I can get back on the scoring trail."

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