Leyton Orient manager Andy Hessenthaler expects to have Jordan Bowery available again
PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 July 2016
Ex-Aston Villa forward missed defeat at Dover after impressing at Wealdstone, but should return tonight
Leyton Orient manager Andy Hessenthaler hopes to have Jordan Bowery available again later this evening.
The O’s are set to make the trip on the M25 to face Woking with an XI taking on Canvey Island.
After Saturday’s defeat to Dover Athletic, the 50-year-old said he was likely to send a strong side to both fixtures.
New recruit Bowery is most likely to be with the squad that will play Woking, of the National League.
But somebody that won’t feature in either clash is youngster Aron Pollock and he may miss the rest of pre-season.
Hessenthaler said: “I think it is a bit of tendonitis and wear and tear on the kid. We will monitor that.
“I think Aron will probably miss the next couple of weeks and that isn’t ideal because you don’t want people to miss pre-season games.
“But I’m hoping Jordan will be available. Him missing Dover was more a precaution as we didn’t want to aggravate the hip flexor.”
After tonight’s two fixtures, Orient return to Brisbane Road on Saturday to take on London rivals Charlton Athletic.
Hessenthaler wants his players to start getting more than just 45 minutes like they have done in their first two friendlies in England.
Only Tom Parkes, Sean Clohessy, Callum Kennedy and Gavin Massey have played over a half in the two fixture.
“We are more than likely to split the group because we want players to start getting 90 minutes under their belt before the Charlton game,” said Hessenthaler.
“The weather we have got coming this week is pretty hot so it will be tough for them, but we need that to get the fitness levels up to where they should be.
“We may have a fairly strong group at Woking and also a fairly strong group at Canvey as well.”
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