McSweeney ready for Charlton test as Craig departs

Saturday, December 31 - Orient v Charlton Athletic 5.20pm

Orient will have defender Leon McSweeney available for Saturday’s game against League One leaders Charlton Athletic.

McSweeney, missed the 3-0 defeat against MK Dons on Boxing Day after serving a one-match ban, but is likely to return at left-back in place of Tony Craig, who has been recalled three days early from his loan spell by Championship side Millwall.

The defender’s month-long loan was due to end after Saturday’s clash with Charlton, but Lions boss Kenny Jackett cut it short after Nathan Baker suffered a knee injury in Millwall’s Boxing Day fixture.

However, the O’s are hoping to secure the 26-year-old on a further loan, but will be without him for Saturday’s clash.

Apart from Craig’s departure, Slade has no new injury worries.

“There are a few in the dressing room with ice bags on, but I think the injuries are more to their heads than anything else,” he said after the Boxing Day defeat.

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Saturday’s game against Charlton kicks off at 5.20pm.