PREVIEW: Colchester United (A)

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Leyton Orient are in Sky Bet League Two action tomorrow as they make the trip to Colchester United (3pm kick-off)

The O’s fell to a frustrating defeat against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday as a last-gasp James Jones goal gave the visitors all three points, after Jordan Maguire-Drew had cancelled out Eddie Nolan’s opener.

Colchester United come into the game on the back of a fantastic victory against Swindon Town, Tom Eastman putting the U’s ahead during added time in the first half. Theo Robinson netted his first league goal for his new side on 55 minutes before wrapping up the game with his second on 75 minutes.

John McGreal has been in charge of the Essex-based side since May 2016 and his side finished just one point outside the play-offs last campaign. They’ve started 2019/20 reasonably and sit in 13th position with three wins, three draws and three defeats from their opening nine games.

TEAM NEWS

Ross Embleton told leytonorient.com that winger James Brophy is close to returning to action, having resumed full training on Tuesday.

“James Brophy is very close – he’s trained since Tuesday so we would hope that he suffers no after effects from the training sessions he’s done and he can be very close to being involved in the game.

I was delighted that Jobi took part in some of training today, he didn’t take part in all of the session but that was planned. James Dayton and Jamie Turley have done more and more so it’s about building them up and putting plans in place so we can start to put a plan in place regarding getting them involved.”

REF WATCH

Tom Nield has been appointed as the referee for tomorrow’s encounter, assisted by Marc Wilson and Paul Graham with Michael George named as fourth official.

Nield has refereed in League One and Two for the past two seasons and has officiated six games this season, handing out 12 yellow cards, no red cards and awarded no penalties so far. He is yet to officiate the O’s in his career.

COVERAGE

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