Orient duo struggling to be fit

League One: Orient v Hartlepool Saturday 3pm.

Orient look to stretch their unbeaten run to eight games on Saturday when they entertain Hartlepool – but they might have to do it without Matt Spring and Kevin Lisbie.

The duo both picked up injuries during last weekend’s 2-0 win at Rochdale and are rated by O’s boss Russell Slade as doubtful for the game.

Striker Lisbie was knocked out midway through the first half at Rochdale and Slade said: “He was out for three or four minutes.

“He hasn’t trained so far this week and there is a certain protocol you have to go through with head injuries and we are not even at stage one yet.

“Kevin has had a scan and is okay, but at this stage he is doubtful.”

Midfielder Spring, who came off in the second half, is also struggling.

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“He’s not trained either and has a problem in his groin/hip area, so the squad is stretched to its limits at the moment,” said Slade.

The O’s boss hoped that defender Ben Chorley would be on his way back, but Slade added: “Unfortunately Ben was involved in a car accident at the weekend and took a bang on the head and knee, so he’s struggling.”

Charlie Daniels completes his three-game ban, but the one good piece of news is that on-loan goalkeeper Ben Alnwick has been training this week and Slade said: “He could be back in the squad on Saturday.”

It’s likely that Jamie Cureton will replace Lisbie, while on-loan midfielder Tom Clarke looks set to return and take Spring’s place, as he has recovered from an ankle injury.

One man keen to keep his place at the weekend is Leon McSweeney, who joined the O’s from Hartlepool in the summer and looks set to continue at left back.

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