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Team News: Leyton Orient vs Crewe Alexandra

PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 October 2016

Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke clears the ball away from Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke clears the ball away from Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Last season's top goalscorer Jay Simpson is a doubt for the visit of Railwaymen

Leyton Orient boss Alberto Cavasin has a number of injury concerns ahead of today’s League Two encounter with Crewe Alexandra.

The O’s won 3-1 at Hartlepool United last weekend without Jay Simpson, Paul McCallum, Yvan Erichot and Aron Pollock.

All four were unavailable due to injury, although Cavasin hoped the foursome would all be available for the visit of the Railwaymen.

But they all remain doubts and may miss out like Sandro Semedo, who suffered a “big hit” according to his Italian manager at Victoria Park last Saturday.

Orient will hope new signing Michael Collins is available, although his move is subject to international clearance.

Cavasin named a number of youngsters on the bench at Hartlepool and could be forced to keep a couple of them among the replacements this afternoon.

Ollie Palmer will hope to lead the line again for the east Londoners and continue his fine goalscoring form.

The ex-Mansfield Town forward has scored three times in his last two games and dedicated all of his strikes to his cousin Frankie, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Chris Dagnall should be up top for Crewe and will come up against his old club, although the playing personnel has changed dramatically since his departure in the summer of 2015.

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