Preview: Leyton Orient v Dagenham & Redbridge

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still is sweating on the fitness of midfielders Damien Scannell and Solomon Taiwo ahead of his side’s trip to Leyton Orient.

Taiwo limped off in the recent draw at Swindon Town, although replaced the injured Scannell in stoppage-time at the end of Saturday’s victory over Charlton.

But the Daggers boss admits neither may be fit enough to play a full 90 minutes in the east London derby.

“Damien’s not done much in training, we’ll take a look at him before the game (v Orient), but he should be okay for the weekend, it doesn’t look long-term,” said Still.

“Solomon’s not 100 per cent, again we’ll have to take a look at him.


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“When we go into weeks where we have three games we have to be careful about who we use.”

Damien McCrory will definitely be sidelined with an ankle injury, while the game comes too soon for John Akinde, who is still recovering from a groin problem that has denied him a Daggers debut since his January move to Victoria Road.

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However, Spurs loanee Cameron Lancaster could make his first appearance for Still’s men, although is likely to start on the bench with Bas Savage and the in-form Jon Nurse expected to start.

The O’s, who lost for the first time in 15 league games at Brentford on Saturday, will give a late fitness test to influential captain Stephen Dawson, while Jason Crowe and Ben Chorley are also major doubts.

Russell Slade’s side can close the gap on sixth place Bournemouth to two points with a victory tonight, while Daggers are the only team in the bottom seven in action and can pull three points clear of the drop-zone with a win.

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