Chimbonda fit for Sunderland return with Carlisle

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PASCAL Chimbonda came through his comeback for Carlisle yesterday – and now looks sure to feature in Sunday’s FA Cup tie against former club Sunderland.

The experienced defender – whose short-term contract runs until January 18 – returned to the Cumbrians’ starting line-up for their 2-1 League One defeat at Crewe yesterday.

Assistant boss Davie Irons said: “Pascal has had a slight tear in his calf but he has responded to treatment and has been running for the last three to four days. I’m quite sure he will be desperate to play against his old team.”