ORIENT manager Russell Slade will leave it late before making a call on some of his injured players ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Shrewsbury Town.
Charlie MacDonald departed Meadow Lane early on Wednesday, whilst David Mooney and Shaun Batt failed to make the trip and Gary Sawyer has been a longer term absentee. With the midweek fixture falling on a Wednesday this week, Slade admits that his side have suffered as a result.
He said: “The recovery time has been 24 hours less which causes a little concern and gives you less preparation. We’ll wait until the last minute on a few of the lads before we make a call.
“The injured players are all making progress but probably not enough progress though we’ll give Charlie MacDonald every opportunity to be available on Saturday.”
One player that is back from the injured list is Kevin Lisbie and Slade believes his return has given his side momentum over the last two games.
“Having Kevin Lisbie back has given us a big lift, he’s scored 12 goals now and if he hadn’t had those injury breaks he could have had a few more. He’s a good player and it’s not just his goals he brings to the side, he brings others into the game and certainly brings a lot to the table,” said Slade.
Despite being just four points off the drop zone, Slade is also expecting a difficult challenge in the form of Graham Turner’s Shrews.
“Shrewsbury are a strong side, particularly at home and they always stay in games and are difficult to beat. I think they’ll be dogged and it’ll be a tough game,” he said.