Team News: Leyton Orient vs Mansfield Town

Leyton Orient youngster Scott Kashket in action earlier in the season (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient youngster Scott Kashket in action earlier in the season (pic: Simon O'Connor). - Credit: Archant

Scott Kashket could start alongside Aron Pollock with O’s having nothing but pride to play for

Scott Kashket looks set to make his second start at Brisbane Road for Leyton Orient Road later this afternoon in League Two.

The 20-year-old has been introduced off the bench in O’s last two matches – defeats against Plymouth Argyle and AFC Wimbledon.

While the youth team graduate hasn’t had enough time to make a telling impact, it is expected he’ll play from the off against Mansfield Town today.

His only previous start in the division occurred on December 19 against Yeovil Town, but the youngster struggled and was substituted shortly after half time.

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Kashket will hope to make the most of his opportunity this afternoon, though, and could be joined in the O’s XI by Aron Pollock.

The defender has been a regular on the bench over the last month and may be given a chance when the Stags visit E10.

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Jay Simpson and Nigel Atangana missed the trip to South London last weekend with back and groin problems respectively.

It is hoped the duo will be fit enough to return at Brisbane Road and help Orient end their home campaign on a high.

They have enjoyed mixed success in east London as they’ve won only 10 of their 22 matches in front of their own fans.

But Andy Hessenthaler’s men will hope to improve that record today and get the club back into the top half of the table.

Last Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Dons saw the O’s drop down to 14th in the standings – the lowest they’ve been all season.

Three points versus Mansfield could see them rise as high as ninth, but Orient know they can no longer reach the play-offs.

Dean Cox and Paul McCallum won’t be involved as they continue their recovery from knee ligament damage while Kevin Nolan isn’t likely to play.

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