Carlisle United could return home before the end of the month according to sources close to the club as the clean up operation continues at Brunton Park.

The Cumbrians’ spiritual home was severely damaged on the evening of Saturday 5 December after torrential rain in Cumbria resulted in the nearby River Eden bursting it’s banks flooding Brunton Park and the surrounding areas. Flooding forced many local residents out of their homes and has left Brunton Park out of action for a number of weeks.

In a desperate attempt to avoid a backlog of home fixtures, United appealed to the football community for help to stage their League 2 home fixtures while the damage to Brunton Park is repaired.

Home fixtures against Notts County, Plymouth Argyle and Yeovil Town were all switched to alternative venues resulting in home games being played at Preston North End, Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool.

It is now understood that the club could potentially play their upcoming home fixture against York City on Saturday 23 January back at Brunton Park subject to a number of issues being resolved.

While the pitch is now in a playable condition, the tidy up continues with other facilities around the ground and it is understood that a range of issues such as electrical supplies, general supporter facilities and security arrangements may need to be resolved before the fixture can take place.

Carlisle United’s last home fixture at Brunton Park was a 3-1 victory over Crawley Town on Saturday 28 November.

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