Team news: Oldham Athletic v Leyton Orient
20:38 07 November 2014
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Leyton Orient’s injury problems don’t seem to be showing any signs of relenting after boss Mauro Milanese confirmed strikers Shaun Batt, Jay Simpson and Gianvito Plasmati are doubts for the trip to Oldham Athletic in the first round of the FA Cup tomorrow.
The O’s are already without the likes of Romain Vincelot (knee), Lloyd James (broken leg), David Mooney (ankle), Kevin Lisbie (shoulder) and Darius Henderson (suspended) ahead of the game, and the injuries to the striking trio could leave Milanese with even fewer options.
But despite that, the Italian still has faith that whatever side he puts out is more than capable of coming away with the victory.
“Batt went away from training because of his ribs and I don’t know if he will be available,” said Milanese.
“Jay Simpson is a doubt and I am not sure Vito (Plasmati) will be in the team either because he ha got a knee problem and he needs to rest a bit.
“We don’t have many choices but I am confident whoever goes on the pitch will follow the strategy and if they play with the right attitude I am confident we will have a positive result.”
Milanese has been pleased with the impact made by Plasmati, though knows he has to make adjustments as he acclimatises to the English way of life.
“He needs to learn English,” he said. “At least to the standard that I speak even though I am not amazing!
“But he needs to do that to understand and speak with the lads on the pitch and around the training ground.
“It is also important for him to get his fitness back. I think now he is at 60 per cent. “He is getting better and this week he has worked really hard. I don’t want him to play three games in a week before he can manage it.”
There is a boost for the O’s with defender Shane Lowry returning from suspension, while Gary Sawyer returned to the bench last weekend and goalkeeper Adam Legzdins has returned to training following his finger injury.
Midfielder Jobi McAnuff is also available for selection before flying off to represent Jamaica in the Caribbean Cup the following day.
Former Liverpool and Sunderland defender Andrea Dossena joined the O’s on Thursday, but is yet to receive international clearance.
Oldham defender George Elokobi – who featured for the O’s in a pre-season friendly against Dartford, is ruled out with a thigh injury, while Adam Lockwood is also ruled out with a foot injury.
Youth team midfielder Jack Tuohy has been called up to the team for tomorrow’s game, while Joel Coleman (knee) is a long-term absentee.