Leyton Orient are still clinging on to slim hopes of making the playoffs this season, but the chances of that happening are even less likely after results in mid-week did not go in Orient’s favour. A win against Coventry could take the playoff chase right to the final game of the season. Coventry were also in the playoff hunt, but a 10 point deduction effectively ended their season, resigning them to another season in League One. Here we preview Saturday’s clash:
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A number of players are looking to force their way in to Steven Pressley’s plans. Gary McSheffrey could be brought back into the matchday squad after missing out on the last two matches. The likes of Steven Jennings, Cody McDonald, Callum Ball and Danny Philliskirk, are also hoping to play some part against the O’s.
Saturday’s match could also see Blair Adams make his return from a knee injury. The left back played 45 minutes in a friendly this week, but if he is included in the squad he is likely to be on the bench.
Leon Clarke is out for the rest of the season after undergoing ankle surgery.
With a squad already depleted by injuries, Russell Sade has revealed that he has new injury concerns to contend with ahead of his side’s trip to the Ricoh Arena. The manager did not reveal who may be absent this weekend, but he did state that he will call upon youth team members and they are likely to play some part on Saturday.
Charlie MacDonald is believed to have picked up a slight hamstring injury against MK Dons last week, but it is uncertain whether he will play a part this weekend.
Harry Lee, De’Reece Vanderhyde and Afolabi Obafemi have been on the bench in recent weeks and they are likely to be part of the matchday squad.
David Mooney (ankle), Elliot Omozusi (shoulder), Scott Cuthbert (metatarsal) and Mathieu Baudry (hip) are all set to be out of action for the remaining two games of the season.
Lee Butcher made his return to the bench last weekend after a long spell on the sidelines, along with Lee Cook who had missed the trip to Colchester.
Leyton Orient have not beaten Coventry City in the last eight meetings between the two sides. Their last win over the Sky Blues was in September 1955.
Coventry defeated the O’s by a goal to nil at Brisbane Road earlier in the season. David McGoldrick’s gaol in the seventh minute proved enough for the visitors to take all three points.