Crewe v Leyton Orient preview

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Crewe and Leyton Orient at Alexandra Stadium.

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Rowlands: Set to return

Rowlands: Set to return

Crewe have no new injury problems for the League One visit of Leyton Orient.

On-loan Arsenal midfielder Chuks Aneke serves the second game of a three-match suspension following his red card in last weekend's 2-2 draw with Stevenage.

Either side of that contest, the Railwaymen drew 0-0 with Tranmere and Carlisle to move to four league games unbeaten since last month's 5-1 thrashing at Brentford.

Michael West (Achilles) remains sidelined along with fellow forward Mathias Pogba and veteran goalkeeper Steve Phillips (both knee).

Boss Steve Davis told Alex's official website: "At the moment with the injuries we have and the suspension to Chuks Aneke we cannot afford to have any more or we would be short.

"It is always a tough, long season and squad size does matter. You need quality and a little bit luck as well."

Martin Rowlands should return to the Leyton Orient squad.

The former QPR midfielder missed Tuesday night's 4-1 win over Yeovil through illness.

Rowlands' current month-long contract comes to an end after Saturday's match but manager Russell Slade hopes to keep the 33-year-old for longer.

Striker Michael Symes is a doubt after he was forced to miss out in midweek due to a hamstring problem.

Full-back Lloyd James is still struggling with an ankle injury and is likely to sit out again, while centre-half Scott Cuthbert (hamstring) and goalkeeper Jamie Jones (shoulder) are a few weeks from returning to action.

Slade is unlikely to make many changes with his side on a three-match winning run.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Brentford v Preston  
Bristol C v Notts Co  
Carlisle v Walsall  
Colchester v Oldham  
Coventry v Swindon  
Crawley v Leyton Or  
Gillingham v Tranmere  
Port Vale v MK Dons  
Shrewsbury v Crewe  
Wolves v Rotherham  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 42 51 93
2 Brentford 42 29 87
3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
5 Preston 42 23 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
8 MK Dons 42 1 58
9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 41 -5 52
13 Bradford 42 1 50
14 Bristol C 42 0 50
15 Coventry 42 -1 49
16 Gillingham 42 -19 48
17 Oldham 41 -11 47
18 Colchester 42 -11 46
19 Tranmere 42 -22 46
20 Notts Co 42 -15 43
21 Carlisle 41 -26 43
22 Crewe 42 -29 43
23 Shrewsbury 42 -14 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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