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Team News: Cheltenham Town vs Leyton Orient

PUBLISHED: 09:30 06 August 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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Andy Hessenthaler has some crucial decisions to make ahead of League Two opener and might be without captain

Leyton Orient manager Andy Hessenthaler will be sweating on the fitness of captain Robbie Weir ahead of today’s League Two clash with Cheltenham Town.

The O’s make the trip to Whaddon Road with most of the squad fit, although some coming back to full fitness after suffering illness recently.

Liam Kelly, Sean Clohessy and Callum Kennedy were struck down by the bug, but should all start against the Robins this afternoon.

Weir, another to fall ill last week, is battling to be part of the squad today, but may miss out with a knee problem.

If that is the case then Nigel Atangana or Sammy Moore could replace the Orient captain in the middle of the park.

Hessenthaler has a couple of key decisions to make with a big squad to pick from this season.

Alex Cisak is expected to start in goal, but who takes a position among the substitutes is a close battle between Charlie Grainger and Sam Sargeant.

Meanwhile the O’s also have five strikers to pick from and one of Jay Simpson, Jordan Bowery, Armand Gnanduillet, Ollie Palmer and Paul McCallum is set to miss out all together.

It was understood McCallum may be the forward to not make the squad for the encounter at the Robins.

The ex-West Ham United striker netted a brace on Tuesday night, though, to demonstrate his improving fitness.

His double might have been enough to convince Hessenthaler to name him among the replacements at Whaddon Road.

Orient are likely to hand competitive debuts to Kennedy, Tom Parkes, Yvan Erichot, Gavin Massey, Kelly and Bowery this afternoon.


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