Orient boss Slade has some difficult choices to make

Npower League One: Leyton Orient v Preston North End, Saturday 3pm

Orient boss Russell Slade will have some genuine selection choices to make for Saturday’s game against Preston North End.

The O’s, who are currently rooted to the foot of League One, entertain a Preston side looking to record their eighth successive league win.

Slade will have defender Scott Cuthbert available, as he has finished a three-match ban, while on-loan Tom Clarke will be in contention, as he was unable to play against his parent club Huddersfield Town last Saturday.

But Charlie Daniels, who picked up a hamstring injury at Blackburn, is doubtful.


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“He will struggle to make it, but has an outside chance” said the O’s boss.

Also likely to miss out is midfielder Jimmy Smith, who picked up a thigh strain in training: “It’s unlikely he will be ready for Saturday, it’s more likely to be the week after,” said Slade.

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But Kevin Lisbie made his comeback as a substitute at the Galpharm Stadium and is in contention for a start, while striker Jamie Cureton has also returned to full training.

“It’s good to see Jamie back on the training ground this week,” said Slade.

“If everything goes to schedule he will get a full week under his belt.

“It’s good that we are getting a few players back as it gives us competition for places and the squad has a stronger look.”

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