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Kav's hoping for Drennan goals

CARLISLE UNITED boss Graham Kavanagh is hoping for big things from Irish youngster Mikey Drennan following his loan move from Aston Villa, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

Kilkenny native Drennan has impressed for Villa's U21 side this season, but has yet to make his first team debut and manager Paul Lambert has agreed to send him on loan to League One side Carlisle.

"He's been on our radar for a while," said Dubliner Kavanagh.

"I've watched him play twice and he's a centre forward who knows where the goal is. He had a metatarsal injury last season, so he's working his way back up to full fitness now.

"He's looking for an opportunity to show what he can do and we're happy to give it to him. Hopefully he'll get us some goals.

"The key for any player we bring in is that he wants to be here and you can tell that Michael is hungry to play," he added.

"He wants first team football, but I wouldn't give that to somebody easily."

AC Milan striker Giampaolo Pazzini has been ruled out of the home clash with Hellas Verona tomorrow with a thigh injury as Clarence Seedorf prepares for his first match in charge of the Serie A club.

Pazzini picked up the injury in Milan's Cup victory over Spezia on Wednesday.

"Pazzini suffered an injury to the deep adductor muscle in his right leg. Within 8-10 days, further tests will be carried out to better understand the prognosis," the club said in a statement yesterday.