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Team News: Leyton Orient vs Cheltenham Town

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 February 2017

Leyton Orient central defender Tom Parkes leaves the pitch on a stretcher after suffering an injury against Notts County (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient central defender Tom Parkes leaves the pitch on a stretcher after suffering an injury against Notts County (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Tom Parkes set to miss pivotal clash against the Robins due to hip bruising

Leyton Orient will be without several experienced players for the visit of fellow relegation rivals Cheltenham Town this afternoon.

First-team captain Robbie Weir remains a long-term absentee after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage to his knee in January.

Vice-skipper Liam Kelly will serve the second of his six-game ban today for pushing a ball boy at Plymouth Argyle recently.

Meanwhile club captain Nicky Hunt is also suspended, but will be back for O’s trip to Stevenage on Tuesday night.

Tom Parkes is also unavailable this afternoon after suffering bruising to his hip last weekend against Notts County.

Initially it was feared the central defender had fractured his pelvis, but scans later revealed it was only bad bruising.

Nevertheless, Parkes will not be fit enough to play against Cheltenham, although will hopefully return soon.

O’s boss Danny Webb had to play left-back Callum Kennedy in the centre of defence last weekend.

But Kennedy is likely to revert back to his usual position with Aron Pollock pushing to start and partner Teddy Mezague.

Centre back Yvan Erichot remains out due to a groin injury and is unlikely to return until next month

Paul McCallum is expected to lead the line for Orient and captain the side despite still struggling with a knee injury and will hope to inspire O’s to a win against the Robins.

Just three points separates the two teams in the table and a victory for Webb’s team would give them a huge boost in their bid to survive.

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