Leyton Orient v MK Dons preview

Date published: Friday 12th April 2013 2:53

Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade has lost another member of his threadbare squad.

Slade could only name five substitutes for the 2-1 defeat at Colchester last weekend and has since seen one of them, striker Shaun Batt, recalled from his loan spell by parent club Millwall.

Winger Lee Cook and forward David Mooney were already missing with knocks and will be assessed.

Skipper Nathan Clarke was Slade’s only recognised centre-half in Essex and was partnered by midfielder Romain Vincelot as Scott Cuthbert, Elliot Omozusi and Matheiu Baudry are all injured.

Baudry is closest to returning from a hip injury but Omozusi’s shoulder problem is likely to keep him out a while longer and Cuthbert is out for the season with a fractured metatarsal.

Stephen Gleeson is an injury concern for MK Dons ahead of their trip to Leyton Orient.

Gleeson was forced off just three minutes into the second half of the 2-0 home win over Swindon on Tuesday night with an ankle injury and the central midfielder will be assessed.

Chris Lines replaced him against the Robins and is likely to do so at Brisbane Road should Gleeson miss out. However, Alan Smith is another option for manager Karl Robinson.

Captain Dean Lewington started for the first time against Swindon since suffering knee ligament damage last month and came through the game unscathed, so he is expected to retain his place at left-back.

Goalkeeper David Martin remains sidelined with the back injury that has kept him out for almost seven weeks.

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Leyton Orient v MK Dons preview

Date published: Friday 23rd December 2011 11:41

Orient boss Russell Slade will be without defender Leon McSweeney for the visit of the promotion-chasing Latics.

The 28-year-old was shown a red card during last weekend’s 2-1 win over Notts County and will serve a one-match ban.

Defender Ben Chorley continues to struggle with a thigh injury and winger Dean Cox (medial knee ligaments) is still sidelined, but Slade will have on-loan midfielder Lee Cook available.

The 29-year-old was due to return to parent club QPR after last weekend’s win over Notts County but he will now stay with the Os for a second month.

Jonathan Tehoue is pushing for a start up front after coming off the bench to score against Notts County and Lee Butcher looks to have made the number one spot his after his penalty save against the Magpies.

Shaun Williams comes back into the reckoning for MK Dons as they face Orient.

Williams was suspended against Preston last weekend after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season during the 2-0 victory over Tranmere.

Stephen Gleeson overcame the knock that ruled him out at Prenton Park to replace Williams in midfield in the only change made by boss Karl Robinson, who does not expect to have any fresh injury problems.

Dons lost their unbeaten home record in League One against Preston and Robinson knows bouncing back from that 1-0 defeat will be tough against the Os.

“We’ve been on an unbelievable run but it’s up to us now to go to Leyton Orient and get something out of the game. We have got to get out of this league,” Robinson said.

“But Leyton Orient have some excellent players who can hurt you on any given day. They’re probably on their best run in the league at the moment and our ability to bounce back will be tested by their confidence.”

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