Leyton Orient midfielder Jimmy Smith a doubt for trip to Exeter City

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Jimmy Smith is a doubt for tomorrow's trip to Exeter. Picture: Action Images Jimmy Smith is a doubt for tomorrow's trip to Exeter. Picture: Action Images

Jimmy Smith is a doubt for Leyton Orient’s trip to Exeter City tomorrow after being forced off in Good Friday’s defeat to Notts County.

Smith suffered a blow to the head following a challenge from Damion Stewart and it was while the midfielder was off the field receiving treatment that the Magpies opened the scoring.

Asked if the former Chelsea man would be a doubt for the Bank Holiday Monday match, manager Russell Slade said: “He has to be. He is not compos mentis at the minute.”

One player who definitely won’t be in action is Orient summer signing Jamie Cureton.

The striker rejoined former club Exeter on loan in an effort to help fire them away from relegation trouble but under the terms of his move, he will not be allowed to feature in tomorrow’s clash.

The O’s head to St James’ Park having suffered three straight defeats, with Saturday’s results leaving them just one place and four points above the relegation places.

City meanwhile, are deeply rooted in the drop zone, sitting 23rd in the table and are without a win in nine matches.

Of those nine fixtures, only two have seen the Grecians avoid defeat, with draws at home to both Stevenage and Colchester United, while Friday saw them suffer a 1-0 loss to Scunthorpe United.

The O’s enjoyed a strong run of form on their travels earlier in the campaign and they will hope to repeat that form in Devon tomorrow.

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