Keith Curle says Mark Ellis will come back into the mix for selection from Carlisle United when he returns from his loan spell at Leyton Orient.

The defender’s two-month stint in London is up and the signs are the 29-year-old will now return to Brunton Park.

Ellis has been with the National League strugglers since late September, making seven appearances and scoring one goal.

The centre-half, though, ended his spell as a substitute following the departure of the manager who signed him, Steve Davis.

Interim head coach Ross Embleton has opted to use more of his contracted players in recent weeks, though the Os remain in trouble in non-league’s top tier, sitting fifth bottom.

Ellis will be back to fight for a place in Carlisle’s back line with fellow centre-halves Clint Hill, Gary Liddle and Tom Parkes.

Curle said: “Mark has gone out and played competitive games.

“Unless they [Orient] want to extend it, Mark will be welcomed back in.

“He is a good professional, has good attributes and will be available for selection.”

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