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Michael Symes: Set for late fitness test

Michael Symes: Set for late fitness test

Michael Symes is one beneficiary of Leyton Orient's recent postponements as he could be fit.

The striker was due to undergo a fitness test ahead of the festive fixture against Swindon but that fell foul of the wet weather just days after the match against Notts County bit the dust.

Having had an extra few days to recover from his hamstring problem, the 29-year-old is back in contention.

Kevin Lisbie recovered from a minor knock to start and score in the 3-1 loss to Scunthorpe, which ended the side's run of eight straight victories.

Boss Russell Slade should otherwise have a full complement of players to choose from as the O's seek to avoid being leapfrogged by the Saddlers in the League One table.

Dean Smith may see no reason to change a winning formula when he takes his resurgent Walsall side to former club Leyton Orient.

Smith watched his team end a punishing 16-match winless run with a 1-0 victory over Colchester last weekend and they duly followed that up with a stunning 4-2 success at MK Dons on Boxing Day.

Smith kept faith with an unchanged XI for both games and, with no new injury or suspension problems expected, will likely send out the same side again at Brisbane Road.

Midfielder Florent Cuvelier will continue to build up his match fitness after increased cameos against the U's and Dons following his return from a lengthy hamstring injury.

Midfielder Nicky Featherstone (ankle) will again be assessed ahead of the clash.

Saddlers boss Smith spent six years as a player with Orient, racking up over 300 appearances, before returning as youth coach and assistant manager, eventually parting ways in 2009 before linking up with Walsall.

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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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