Team News: Sutton United vs Leyton Orient
PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 August 2017
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Former Tottenham Hotspur youngster set to be fit for Gander Green Lane clash
Leyton Orient look likely to have first-team captain Charlie Lee available for today’s National League opener at Sutton United.
The former Stevenage midfielder has not played for O’s since the goalless pre-season friendly with Hornchurch on July 25.
A knee injury sustained in training kept Lee out of the matches with Billericay Town and Arsenal’s under-23s, but he is set to be fit for this afternoon’s fixture.
The match will officially mark the start of a new era with boss Steve Davis taking charge of a competitive match for the first time.
It will also be the first competitive game under the new ownership and several players will make their Orient debuts too.
Jake Caprice, Josh Coulson, George Elokobi and Joe Widdowson are expected to make up the back four and all will be making their competitive O’s bow.
Lee and one of Alex Lawless or Craig Clay will also make their Orient debut in the centre of the park.
Out wide, Jobi McAnuff has previously played for the club before, but Rommy Boco is likely to make his first competitive appearance for the O’s.
While Macauley Bonne, after a stunning pre-season, will make his debut alongside old favourite David Mooney up front.
Charlie Grainger is set to get the nod over Sam Sargeant following an assured summer and will look forward to showing his ability.
Orient will have to handle the pressure of playing in front of the BT Sport cameras and adjust to Sutton’s 3G pitch.
But after a encouraging pre-season on and off the pitch, Davis will hope to enjoy a positive start at Gander Green Lane.