Justin Edinburgh has confirmed that midfielder Alex Lawless is fully fit, having recovered from the injury which saw him miss the last two months of the season.

The experienced midfielder signed a two-year contract with the O’s last summer following his release from League 2 side Yeovil Town and established himself as a regular in Orient’s midfield, making 29 appearances in all competitions.

But as Orient went on to secure a 13th place finish in the National League following a strong end to the campaign, the 33-year-old played no part after being troubled by groin and hip problems for the last two months of the season.

He didn’t feature for the O’s again after coming off the bench during the 3-3 draw with Gateshead at Brisbane Road in February, however, he was an unused substitute against both Dover Athletic in March and champions Macclesfield Town in April.

Lawless also missed Saturday’s first pre-season friendly against Harlow Town as a precaution, as he continues his recovery, but has travelled with the rest of the squad to the warm weather training camp in Portugal this week.

However, O’s head coach Edinburgh confirmed to the Guardian Series last week that Lawless is fully fit and he is hopeful that the experienced midfielder will be a key player for the club this season.

Edinburgh said: “Yeah he (Lawless) is fully fit. He’s been excellent in pre-season so far. For me, Alex was one of the standout players while he was fit after I arrived and I look forward to getting back to work with Alex and seeing him in the team again.”