Carlisle United trained at Newcastle United’s academy facilities on Wednesday and will once be there today.

The League Two side preparing to face league leaders Plymouth Argyle at ‘home’ on Saturday at Blackburn’s Ewood Park.

Whilst Brunton Park is still unusable, Carlisle United’s training ground is fine, but according to the Carlisle News and Star in Cumbria, manager Keith Curle fancied a change of scenery and so took up Newcastle United’s offer that was made earlier this month.

However, Newcastle’s offer of help clearly doesn’t appear to include using St James Park.

Newcastle are away this Saturday at Arsenal and so obviously St James Park would have been available for the Plymouth match, whilst the scheduled Carlisle United v Hartlepool United match on the 28th December once again saw Newcastle away at West Brom.

Better news for our Cumbrian neighbours sees them scheduling a return to home action at Brunton Park in just over three weeks time.

All things being equal, Carlisle will appropriately play York City at home, another area severely hit by floods in recent days.

Carlisle United’s Phil King:

“Everything we’ve done pre-Christmas, and everything we’re doing in terms of the refit [of the ground] and getting things back up to scratch, is working towards that game on the 23rd.

“Nothing as yet has put a spanner in the works to say that can’t happen.

“If something unexpected comes up, or things take longer than we hope, we’ll have to look at a contingency plan. But right now everything is being geared towards the 23rd.”