Orient boss hopes that Lisbie will be back

League One: Leyton Orient v Stevenage, Saturday 3pm

Orient manager Russell Slade hopes that striker Kevin Lisbie will be fit enough to return for Saturday’s clash against Stevenage.

Lisbie has netted four goals in eight starts, but missed the last two games after being knocked out during the match at Rochdale three weeks ago.

“He has not done too much heading yet, but I’m hopeful that he will be available,” said the Orient boss.

Slade will also have on-loan midfield man Tom Clarke available, as he missed last weekend’s FA Cup clash with Bromley, because Huddersfield did not want him cup-tied.


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However, the O’s will be without defender Leon McSweeney, who is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season and leading scorer Dean Cox is also ruled out after damaging his medial knee ligaments against Bromley last weekend.

Cox faces a month on the sidelines and Slade added: “He won’t be back in the short term.

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“It’s guess work at the moment, because we have to wait until the swelling settles down, but he’s likely to be out for four weeks.”

The O’s boss may be tempted to make a move into the loan market, but nothing is likely to happen until after the weekend.

“It’s been really frustrating this season, because as soon as we get a couple of players back, we lose another one or two,” said Slade.

However, there is brighter news on striker Jonathan Tehoue and defender Ben Chorley.

“Jonathan is a couple of weeks away, but we are hopeful that Ben could be back in contention for the trip to Sheffield Wednesday next week,” confirmed Slade.

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