JAMIE JONES is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks with the shoulder injury that has plagued him for the past year.
Jones recovered from surgery to his shoulder to play the last six games of the 2011/12 campaign, and then the first two League games this term, but after suffering a setback in the Capital One Cup defeat at Everton, he was forced back to the treatment room.
It is likely to be at least another month until he his fit to take his place between the sticks again, giving 20-year-old deupty Ryan Allsop a chance to shine.
O’s boss Russell Slade said: “The short term news is not good in that he is likely to be out for a minimum for four weeks, and that’s more likely to be six perhaps.
“We’ll have to review it then and it’s a difficult time for him. It was a serious shoulder injury he had, and the specialist and medical department are making decisions on which way to go right now.”
Lloyd James is likely to miss out again for Saturday’s game at Swindon Town with an ankle problem, while Gary Sawyer is also a doubt after picking up a knock in training this week.