Oldham v Orient preview
Two sides enjoying decent form at present meet at Boundary Park as Oldham entertain Leyton Orient.
Last Updated: 19/12/08 2:51pm
Two sides enjoying decent form at present meet at Boundary Park on Saturday as Oldham entertain Leyton Orient.
The Latics have returned to the top six on the back of a five-match unbeaten run and will now have their sights set on closing the six-point gap which separates them from the automatic promotion places.
Leyton Orient are currently battling away towards the opposite end of the table but, having suffered only one defeat in their last six fixtures, they have been able to clamber out of the drop zone.
Oldham team news
Oldham manager John Sheridan is set to be without on-loan Wolves defender Daniel Jones.
Jones was carried off with an ankle injury in the 2-2 draw with Peterborough last weekend and, although there appears to be no bone damage, the area remains swollen so he is unlikely to be risked.
That means Kelvin Lomax will step in to fill the void at left-back.
Goalkeeper Mark Crossley has been ruled out for another two weeks with the hamstring injury which forced him to miss out at London Road, so Greg Fleming will continue to deputise between the sticks.
Darren Byfield has extended his loan deal from Doncaster until 10th January and will battle with Lee Hughes, Chris O'Grady and Lewis Alessandra for a place in attack.
Orient team news
Orient boss Martin Ling is likely to be without defender Aiden Palmer as his squad continues to be depleted by a virus.
Palmer missed last weekend's defeat to Cheltenham and is set to be sidelined once again, but Simon Dawkins will return after also missing that game due to illness.
Skipper Stephen Purches and defender Alton Thelwell missed training earlier this week because of illness but have since returned and should feature.
Striker Adam Boyd had struggled with an ankle injury in training but has recovered in time and Ling is also boosted by the return of midfielder Jason Demetriou after he missed the Cheltenham clash due to a one-match ban.
Defender Danny Granville should be fit to continue after playing 81 minutes against Cheltenham following a calf injury, while Wayne Gray (knee) remains a long-term injury victim.