Leyton Orient boss Embleton could rotate team for Bolton trip

Ruel Sotiriou of Leyton Orient and Ebou Adams of Forest Green Rovers during Leyton Orient vs Forest

Ruel Sotiriou of Leyton Orient and Ebou Adams of Forest Green Rovers during Leyton Orient vs Forest Green Rovers, Sky Bet EFL League 2 Football at The Breyer Group Stadium on 23rd January 2021 - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton could opt to rotate his side to fit in new signings as well as cater for the current injuries among the squad. 

The O’s will make the trip north to the University of Bolton Stadium to take on Bolton Wanderers as they look to put their 1-0 defeat to Forest Green Rovers behind them and get back on track in their play-off push. 

The boss is expected to be without top goal scorer Danny Johnson yet again and could be without Lee Angol who has played in his place for the last two matches. It could mean Ruel Sotiriou is played in his natural position. 

Injury concern for Lee Angol of Leyton Orient during Leyton Orient vs Forest Green Rovers, Sky Bet E

Injury concern for Lee Angol of Leyton Orient during Leyton Orient vs Forest Green Rovers, Sky Bet EFL League 2 Football at The Breyer Group Stadium on 23rd January 2021 - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

“There's concern for Lee, he came off with a tight hamstring, different to the one that he has done before but I'm hoping it’s just some soreness and tightness rather than an issue he’s been faced with,” Embleton said. 

“We brought Ruel off late as he was fatigued and we were concerned with the amount of football we have coming up. With Danny being out and Lee coming off, we didn’t want to lose Ruel as well.” 


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They have no timescale on when Johnson may return but they’re hoping it’s not too serious and that he can return in the near future. 

The boss said: “[It's a] frustrating one. I was speaking to Dan today (Saturday). He has been on the bike getting his exercise work in this morning and it’s pain-free on that front, but obviously there has been some damage to the knee that we’ve got to wait for him to get over. 

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“There is going to be a delay in terms of us waiting for him to recover from that. I can’t really put a timescale on it. We believe it’s not like a long-term issue, but ... there are so many games crammed in so he could end up missing a few.” 

Nick Freeman came off the bench to make his debut last weekend at home while Dan Kemp featured for the second time and they could both be slotted into the line-up. 

Dan Kemp of Leyton Orient and Kane Wilson of Forest Green Rovers during Leyton Orient vs Forest Gree

Dan Kemp of Leyton Orient and Kane Wilson of Forest Green Rovers during Leyton Orient vs Forest Green Rovers, Sky Bet EFL League 2 Football at The Breyer Group Stadium on 23rd January 2021 - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

“It’s tough, you’ve only got to stand here now and look at this side of the pitch, it’s a mud pit in terms of Nick trying to run and carry the ball, which we know is his strength. 

“The first touch he got I could almost see him look up and go 'where am I supposed to go with this one?' We can’t be too critical as the game was stretched and all over the place. 

“We just hoped Nick would come on and show a little bit of quality or try create something for us.” 

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