Leyton Orient have been boosted by the news that midfielder Jack Payne’s shin injury is not as bad as first feared.
The Peterborough loanee was stretchered off at the end of the first half in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Yeovil, though scans have revealed that the 24-year-old will not face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Payne is however ruled out of the Boxing Day clash with Portsmouth, along with several others who are doubts going into the match.
Fellow midfielder Lloyd James is struggling with an ankle injury also sustained against Yeovil, while winger Blair Turgott is doubtful with a hamstring problem.
Sean Clohessy and John Marquis were both absent against the Glovers, and although Clohessy is expected to return having overcome an illness, Marquis continues to struggle with a knee injury.
Meanwhile, defender Connor Essam continues to regain match fitness having successfully completed 45 minutes in the O’s friendly against Bishop’s Stortford last night and midfielder Sammy Moore remains ahead of schedule in his recovery following a burst blood capsule behind his knee.
Paul McCallum and Dean Cox both continue their rehabilitation from respective knee ligament injuries and remain as the only long-term absentees.