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Leyton Orient miss McAnuff says coach Embleton

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 September 2019

Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff looks to get forward against AFC Fylde in the FA Trophy final at Wembley (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff looks to get forward against AFC Fylde in the FA Trophy final at Wembley (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Leyton Orient are missing the leadership of Jobi McAnuff out on the pitch insists coach Ross Embleton.

The 37-year-old player-coach has not featured in League Two yet this season after having to go for surgery following an injury at the tail end of last season.

The former Reading captain led the O's to a National League title last term and an FA Trophy where they eventually lost to AFC Fylde.

And although Embleton loves having his advice in the dug-out he knows McAnuff's character could be beneficial out on the pitch.

"I love having him standing next to me and his input has been fantastic but we miss that sort of character out there at the moment," said Embleton.

"There are a number of players that have performed admirably. I think there's some real positives that have come out of our performance.

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"Like I said, it's not good enough that we haven't got a point and certainly not won the game, but I think some of those big moments can be managed by having more big characters like Jobi out on the pitch and certainly we do miss him."

Disappointingly though, there is still no clear idea of when McAnuff could return, although Embleton insists he is being pushed all the way to get back as soon as possible.

"How long it's going to take is, again, so frustrating, because we don't quite know. We have to keep pushing Jobi to see how far he can get before he's ready to step back in," he added.

Much like McAnuff experienced defender Jamie Turley has also not featured after an operation and the O's have missed his experience and knowledge of playing in the Football League.

"'Turls' is very similar to Jobi, it's push to see how far we can get him, he's another mature man, who can play at this level and understands what it takes to manage games," said Embleton.

"We miss those personalities, but unfortunately we haven't got them, so we can't hang onto that too much.

"I have to work with what we've got and I have to make sure those players continue to develop and as a team we stop making the mistakes that we're making."

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