Orient duo prepare to sign off

League One: Leyton Orient v Exeter City - Saturday 3pm

On-loan Orient duo Tom Clarke and Ben Alnwick stand by to make their farewell appearances against Exeter City on Saturday.

Midfielder Clarke’s 93-day loan spell comes to an end after the game and he is due to return to Huddersfield Town, while goalkeeper Ben Alnwick will go back to Spurs.

“They have really worked hard during their time with us and have helped improve the side,” said O’s skipper Stephen Dawson.

“They are both winners and so it would be nice if they can go out on a high.”


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Orient boss Russell Slade welcomes back on-loan defender Tony Craig, after his parent club Millwall would not give him permission to play in last weekend’s FA Cup tie against Gillingham.

But there is a doubt over defender Ben Chorley, whose comeback from injury lasted just 45 minutes on Saturday.

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“His thigh has been causing him a problem all season,” explained Slade.

“He’s had an injection this week and the medical department are working hard to bring the matter to a conclusion. It’s a frustrating time for all of us at the moment.”

One man desperate to feature is striker Jamie Cureton, who has yet to score for the O’s and would love to play a part against his former club at the weekend.

The much-travelled striker was a key figure in Exeter’s push for the play-offs last season and scored 17 league goals in 34 starts.

Cureton missed most of pre-season through injury and has been unable to command a regular place in Orient’s starting line-up since his arrival.

He has made just seven starts and 10 appearances from the bench in all competitions, but what price on him breaking his goal scoring duck when his old team visit Brisbane Road at the weekend?

Meanwhile Jonathan Tehoue, who has been out since early September with a wrist injury, played for 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly this week.

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