Symes set for rare Orient start

Team news for Tuesday night's FA Cup third-round replay between Leyton Orient and Hull City

Last Updated: 14/01/13 at 16:59

Michael Symes could be handed a rare start

Michael Symes could be handed a rare start

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Leyton Orient will be light in attack when they welcome Hull to Brisbane Road in the FA Cup third-round replay.

New signing Charlie MacDonald made his debut in the 1-1 draw against Crewe on Saturday but he is cup-tied, while fellow striker Kevin Lisbie is facing a spell on the sidelines after tearing his hamstring last week.

Therefore Michael Symes could be handed a rare start up front alongside 10-goal top scorer David Mooney.

Defender Ben Chorley and midfielder Martin Rowlands are hoping to shake off the knocks which kept them out at the weekend.

But midfielder Anthony Griffith serves the second game of a two-match ban after he was shown his second red card of the season against Yeovil in midweek.

Eldin Jakupovic is expected to continue in goal for Hull despite undergoing hospital tests after being carried off at the weekend.

The Swiss keeper suffered a facial injury during Saturday's 3-1 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday following a collision with Owls defender Reda Johnson and received lengthy treatment on the pitch.

Jakupovic, who had inexplicably dropped Miguel Llera's corner over the goalline moments earlier, has been given the all-clear after medical tests and is likely to start at Brisbane Road as his replacement on Saturday Mark Oxley is cup-tied, having featured for Burton earlier in the competition.

Manager Steve Bruce has no other new injury or suspension worries, while striker Sone Aluko (calf) and midfielder Robert Koren (heel) are expected to retain their places after returning from injury lay-offs against Sheffield Wednesday.

Strikers Nick Proschwitz and Jay Simpson, plus defenders Paul McShane, Liam Rosenior and Alex Bruce are all pushing for recalls.


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