Orient match set to go ahead as Richardson prepares for full debut

Chief executive believes Carling Cup clash will take place

Orient’s Carling Cup game against Southend tonight should go ahead as planned.

Several matches, including those at West Ham, Charlton and Crystal Palace have been cancelled due to recent civil unrest.

But Orient chief executive Matthew Porter confirmed that the club’s match at Roots Hall is still set to take place.

“We have spoken to Southend this morning and the match will go ahead,” he said.

On-loan Newcastle midfielder Michael Richardson could be in line for his first start in place of Leon McSweeney, who suffered a knee injury during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Walsall and could be out for up to four weeks.

Fellow central midfielders Stephen Dawson and Marc Laird remain on the injured list, as do goalkeeper Jamie Jones and striker David Mooney.

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But central defender Terrell Forbes could return to the squad for the first time following a summer operation on his digestive system.