Saints soothe Connolly fears

Striker could face Orient after X-rays show elbow was not broken

Connolly: No broken elbow

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Southampton are confident David Connolly will be fit to face Leyton Orient after the striker hurt his elbow against MK Dons.

Connolly, who has scored two in two games since signing for Saints at the beginning of the month, picked up the injury in the win against MK Dons last weekend.

Club medical chief Mo Gimpel has confirmed Connolly has undergone an X-ray, but is not expected to miss any matches for Saints.

Gimpel told the club's official website: "The good news is that the X-ray proved that nothing was broken, and although it looked quite a nasty one at the time, he is just suffering from a bruised elbow joint.

"There was a lot of blood in the joint, so it has been decided to allow David to rest for a few days to aid his recovery, and we are confident that he will have fully recovered in time for Saturday's trip to Leyton Orient."

Further good news for Saints is that veteran full-back Graeme Murty, who has been out since August with knee ligament damage, could make his comeback in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Charlton.

However, it will be at least a month before fellow defender Lee Molyneux recovers from his back injury.