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Leyton Orient manager Andy Hessenthaler wishes Gillingham's Lee Martin a speedy recovery

PUBLISHED: 13:00 31 July 2016

Leyton Orient boss Andy Hessenthaler looks on (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Leyton Orient boss Andy Hessenthaler looks on (pic: Simon O'Connor)

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Pre-season encounter at Brisbane Road was abandoned after ex-Manchester United winger suffered serious injury in 76th minute

Leyton Orient manager Andy Hessenthaler wished Gillingham’s Lee Martin a speedy recovery after the winger suffered a suspected broken and dislocated ankle at Brisbane Road.

The ex-Manchester United player landed awkwardly in the 76th minute with the score 2-0 to the O’s.

First half goals from Jordan Bowery and Jay Simpson put the hosts in control, but it mattered little in the end.

After a seven minute delay with Martin receiving treatment on the pitch, Orient’s commercial manager Steve Dixon announced the match had been abandoned after referee Craig Hicks spoke to Hessenthaler and Gills boss Justin Edinburgh.

Martin was stretched off a few minutes after the abandonment and received warm applause from all of the supporters still left inside Brisbane Road.

Hessenthaler said: “I spoke to Justin, the Gillingham manager, and it sounds like he has broken and dislocated his ankle, but not 100 per cent sure.

“It was a sad way to finish the game because it was a good exercise for both teams and to finish on that note is very sad and I wish the lad all the best and a speedy recovery.

“It’s been a tough pre-season for Gillingham as well obviously I speak to Justin quite a lot and I think they’ve had quite a few injuries.

“Aaron Morris had a cruciate and another lad done his Achilles so they’ve had a few problems and sometimes you think I wish we didn’t play these games!

“It is just bad luck, these things happen and it was just an accident with Lee so I wish him well and Gillingham well.”

Orient were missing several first teamers for the clash with the League One side after a sickness bug hit the squad.

Captain Robbie Weir, Liam Kelly and full backs Sean Clohessy and Callum Kennedy all missed out.

Nigel Atangana took the armband and started in the centre of midfield – delivering an excellent showing.

Hessenthaler was pleased the illness hit the team over a week before taking on Cheltenham Town and not in the seven days leading up to the League Two opener.

He added: “A sickness bug could happen this season couldn’t it so we’ve had a tough week ourselves in terms of players.

“Robbie picked up a bit of a knee problem in the Dagenham game when he come on and also got the bug along with Callum, Sean and Liam.

“I’m glad it has happened this week and certainly not next week, but they’ve got it and let’s hope nobody else picks it up over the next few days.

“We need a good week of work leading up to the Cheltenham game starting from Monday so I need everybody fit and available for team selection on Saturday.”

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