Orient boss Russell Slade was bolstered by the return of Jamie Jones last week following a long term spinal injury and he looks set to continue between the sticks for the O’s. Romain Vincelot has served a two match suspension but is still a doubt with a foot problem and Marvin Bartley remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.
For the Blades, Nigel Clough is boosted by the return of Harry Maguire who has completed his suspension though has several injury concerns to assess. Stefan Scougall (hamstring) could be available but Clough believes the encounter will come too soon for Bob Harris (thigh) and Matt Hill (hamstring).
Chris Porter could be handed a start after coming off the bench against Brentford in midweek. Jose Baxter (hip) is another player that was used sparingly against the Bees, so Clough may opt to rotate his squad again ahead of the FA Cup semi-final with Hull City next weekend.
Slade will be looking to return to winning ways against his former employers with time running out in the race for automatic promotion, though results in midweek mean the O’s are now guaranteed a minimum of a place in the play-offs though they will be keen to avoid dropping out of the top three for the first time this season with Rotherham and Preston hot on their heels.
For the Blades, they harbour slim hopes of gatecrashing the play-offs though sit nine points behind Peterborough at the moment with seven to play.
Games between the two sides have been tight over the last couple of seasons, as was the case when the O’s last travelled to Bramall Lane last February and grabbed a solid 0-0 draw.
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