Orient boss short of defensive options for relegation battle

16:59 19 April 2012

Orient boss Russell Slade has defensive problems ahead of Saturday

Orient boss Russell Slade has defensive problems ahead of Saturday's game

Archant

Leacock and McSweeney fighting to be fit

Orient manager Russell Slade has some tough defensive decisions to make ahead of Saturday’s relegation scrap against Yeovil Town.

Slade will be without on-loan defender Ryan Dickson who is starting a four-game ban, which will keep him out for the rest of the season.

With no other recognised left-back at the club Slade’s options are limited as Leon McSweeney and Dean Leacock, who have played there on an emergency basis before, are struggling to be fit.

Slade has already fielded 10 different players at left back this season and said: “The way things are going we could end the season having 11 who have played there.”

Slade is likely to leave selection until the last minute and admitted: “Dean Leacock is a doubt at the moment. He has an infected toe and we are waiting for it to settle down.”

However there is an outside chance McSweeney, who has missed the last six games with a calf injury, could make a surprise return.

“He is back in light training, but Saturday’s game could come too soon,” said Slade. “It may be that he will be available for the last two matches.”

However, Jamal Campbell-Ryce comes into contention for a start and there is also an outside chance that Jimmy Smith could be available despite undergoing recent surgery.

“Jimmy had an operation following the kick he suffered on his face against Notts County on Good Friday, but he may be able to play in a mask,” said Slade

“It might take a little while for Jimmy to get used to it and it won’t be easy, so we will have to see how it goes.”

As Slade prepares to reshuffle his defence again, he admits he has never known a season like it.

“Ask any manager and the one thing you want is a settled back four and goalkeeper and we have had everything but this season,” said Slade.

“We have used six different goalkeepers and 10 different left-backs.

“Ben Chorley was out for 16 games during the season, Terrell Forbes missed the start of the season and Scott Cuthbert has missed the last 25 per cent of the season.

“It’s been an absolute nightmare.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Leyton Orient news

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (left) and West Ham United's Dimitri Payet battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

When does the 2016/17 Premier League kick off? When do the fixtures come out? We’ve put together a guide to all the key dates for Premier League and Football League fans.

Leyton Orient's young duo Aron Pollock (left) and Sandro Semedo embrace after the full time whistle against Mansfield Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Brisbane Road club could use more of the youth team squad this weekend when they finish campaign at Huish Park

Mackie excited about Orient reunion

Thursday, May 5, 2016
John Mackie in action for Leyton Orient during his playing days at the club (pic: LOFC).

A dinner to mark 10th anniversary of the successful 2005/06 campaign will take place at Brisbane Road

Leyton Orient midfielder Lloyd James looks to move the ball forward with AFC Wimbledon's Andy Barcham putting pressure on him (pic: Simon O'Connor).

After captaining O’s against Mansfield Town at the weekend, the 28-year-old praised Ollie Palmer and Aron Pollock

Leyton Orient caretaker Andy Hessenthaler shows his frustration on the touchline (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Brisbane Road club might see numerous experienced footballers depart once their contracts expire at the end of June

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more
Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport