Tranmere Rovers have not won since New Year, but in the last two months they have managed to draw against high fliers Charlton and Huddersfield, with both matches ending in a one all draw. Those positive results were not enough to save Les Parry who paid the price for his side’s poor run and was sacked last weekend. However, there is still hope for Tranmere yet, as they are one point clear of the relegation zone and Rovers have a game in hand over the teams below them. Manager Ronnie Moore has returned to the club for the third time and began his latest reign by grabbing a point against Notts County thanks to a late goal in stoppage time. Gaining an unexpected point as well as the positive effect that a new manager often brings may help to boost confidence ahead of the O’s visit to Prenton Park.
Rovers will be without winger Martin Devaney due to a hamstring injury, while defender Mark McChrystal will also miss out. Tranmere’s top scorer Adam McGurk remains unavailable with a broken cheekbone. David Raven has returned to training after a spell on the sidelines, while duo Enoch Showumni and Zoumana Bakayogo continued their recovery with sub appearances in the week and could feature again on Saturday.
Orient endured a humiliating defeat to Wycombe Wanderers in midweek, however after signing three new players it could be a very different line up at Tranmere on Saturday. Despite a terrible first half that cost them the game, Orient ended Tuesday’s match more positively and they have found it easier on the road this season as regular visitors to Brisbane Road will be all too aware. Should one or two new players be included, they may help to revitalise the O’s line up and the greater competition for places may draw out better performances from regulars who have underperformed in recent weeks.
Leyton Orient will again be without goalkeepers, Lee Butcher, Jamie Jones and Marek Stech, so Paul Rachubka will continue to fill in. Soloman Taiwo will continue his suspension. Scott Cuthbert was injured for Orient’s trip to Wycombe and will almost certainly miss Saturday’s match. Fellow defenders Dean Leacock and Ryan Dickson are very unlikely to feature; both have been substituted through injury during the last two matches. David Mooney and Jimmy Smith are struggling for fitness and remain doubtful for the tie. These injury problems should see Russell Slade’s new signings included in the squad.
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