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Deepdale 23rd March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Stephen Martin

Preston Preston North End vs Leyton Orient Leyton Or

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Last Updated: 22/03/13 1:39pm

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Dean Cox: Expected to be fit

Dean Cox: Expected to be fit

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Preston North End and Leyton Orient at Deepdale.

Preston are set to be without captain John Welsh as they welcome the O's

The midfielder was withdrawn during the first half of last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Brentford with an ankle injury and is unlikely to recover in time for the clash.

John Mousinho was Welsh's replacement at Griffin Park and is the favourite to start in central midfield while Keith Keane is another alternative.

Bailey Wright (ankle) and Will Hayhurst (hamstring) were both ruled out against the Bees and will face late fitness tests ahead of the game.

Joel Byrom (hernia) and Scott Laird (broken leg) are also on the road to recovery but the match against Russell Slade's men will come too soon for both.

Manager Simon Grayson has so far resisted the temptation to enter the loan market to bolster his squad and is keen to keep faith with his current group of players as they look for a positive end to the campaign.

Leyton Orient are hopeful Dean Cox will be fit for the trip to Deepdale.

The winger sustained a shoulder injury during last weekend's 4-1 win over Carlisle, in which he scored the fourth goal, but is expected to be available.

Mathieu Baudry will miss out again with a hip problem and is not expected back until after Easter but fellow defender Nathan Clarke came through against Carlisle unscathed after shaking off a rib injury.

Boss Russell Slade has four strikers to choose from for a change as Kevin Lisbie, Shaun Batt (both hamstring) and David Mooney (thigh) are fit after recent lay-offs.

Lisbie started alongside Batt against Carlisle with Mooney and Charlie MacDonald replacing them during the second half.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
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