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Injury blow for O’s as McCallum set for six-month spell on sidelines

PUBLISHED: 20:52 30 September 2015 | UPDATED: 20:53 30 September 2015

Leyton Orient forward Paul McCallum is taken off on a stretcher with his Northampton Town rival Shaun Brisley checking he is okay (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient forward Paul McCallum is taken off on a stretcher with his Northampton Town rival Shaun Brisley checking he is okay (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Young forward expected to miss majority of season after suffering cruciate ligament damage

Leyton Orient forward Paul McCallum battles with Cambridge United defender Elliot Omozusi (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient forward Paul McCallum battles with Cambridge United defender Elliot Omozusi (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient have been rocked by the news that forward Paul McCallum is set for at least a six-month lay-off after suffering cruciate ligament damage in his right knee.

The 22-year-old was forced off against Northampton Town on Saturday, leaving the field on a stretcher after hurting himself whilst trying to force the ball past Cobblers goalkeeper Adam Smith.

It was expected that the former West Ham United youngster would be out for a long time and it has now been confirmed by the club.

Orient head coach Ian Hendon admitted it is a big blow for the Brisbane Road outfit, but wished the striker a speedy recover.

“We are all devastated for Paul,” the O’s boss told the official club website. “He has had a great start to the season for us and was showing everyone what he was capable of at this level.

“Paul will be a loss for us, but knowing the type of character he is I am confident he can come back fitter and stronger from this experience.”

McCallum began the season on fire, scoring three times in the O’s opening four league games and delighting supporters with a trademark salute celebration.

After that he failed to hit the net in the remaining five fixtures he played, but now Orient are contemplating facing the rest of the season without the talented striker.

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