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Nathan Clarke: Faces fitness test for O's

Nathan Clarke: Faces fitness test for O's

Team news for Tuesday's League One clash between Leyton Orient and Portsmouth at the Matchroom Stadium.

Leyton Orient are set to be without skipper Nathan Clarke.

The defender suffered a rib injury during the second half of Saturday's 2-0 win at Shrewsbury and was replaced by Elliot Omozusi, who made his second appearance since rejoining the club in January.

Omozusi could now start at right-back with Scott Cuthbert reverting to centre-half in place of Clarke.

Strikers David Mooney (thigh) and Shaun Batt (hamstring) missed out at the weekend and will be checked over, while defender Gary Sawyer and goalkeeper Lee Butcher (both knee) are still on the sidelines.

Midfielders Martin Rowlands and Jimmy Smith could return to the starting line-up if boss Russell Slade opts to make changes for their third game in seven days.

Sam Sodje can return to the Portsmouth squad.

The defender has completed a three-match ban after he was sent off against Oldham last month.

However, Sodje will be among the substitutes at best after Pompey made it back-to-back victories - after a 23-game winless run - by beating fellow strugglers Bury 2-0 on Saturday.

He will be joined on the bench by full-back Shaun Cooper, who has recovered from a hip injury.

Striker John Akinde will also be added to the squad if he shakes off the sickness bug which sidelined him at the weekend.

Academy winger Jack Maloney came on for his league debut towards the end against Bury and should be involved again.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
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1 Bristol City 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16