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Sawyer keen to impress at Leyton Orient as Dossena set for spell on sidelines

16:35 10 December 2014

Leyton Orient defender Gary Sawyer. Pic: Clive Gee/EMPICS Sport

Leyton Orient defender Gary Sawyer. Pic: Clive Gee/EMPICS Sport

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Defender keen to prove his worth at Brisbane Road.

As competition comes for places it couldn’t be much tougher for Leyton Orient left back Gary Sawyer, but he’s keen to grab his chance with Italian international Andrea Dossena out injured.

Sawyer made only his third start of an injury-plagued season in the 1-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy loss at Gillingham on Saturday having recently returned following tendonitis problems.

But with Dossena now ruled out for at least three weeks due to a hamstring injury, the 29-year-old is eager to prove his worth to the O’s.

“They have brought him in and he has got a great pedigree and I can’t really argue with it,” said Sawyer.

“But it has been an unfortunate start for me with the injury.

“It’s something I have had for a number of years but it got a bit too much this season.

“But that’s all done now and we have sorted that out so I’ll take every game as it comes and try to do the best I can.

“Andrea is a very good player and I have to fight it out with him.

“He’s not the first person I have ever had to fight out with at left back. It is very rare to go to a club with just one and I have had that pretty much my whole career wherever I have been.

“It’s football at the end of the day and there is competition for your job everywhere you go, so this is no exception.

“I think if you know someone could take your place you have got to be on top of your game. As good as it is for me then hopefully it’s as good for him.”

The left back was content with his own performance in the defeat to Gillingham, but that was of little comfort for the former Bristol Rovers man.

“I felt good,” said Sawyer. “It was nice to get out there with some fresh legs and I was happy with how I played but at the end of the day I would rather play bad and the team win.

“It’s nice to get another game to keep myself going so I am fit enough for when I do get the shout. It’s been a tough start for me with the personnel coming in but all I have to do is keep myself fit so that when I get the chance I can perform.”

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