Ross Embleton gave an update on the injured players at Leyton Orient following the club’s 1-0 success over Wrexham on Saturday.

The assistant coach spoke about a problem for Charlie Lee as well as the ongoing progress of James Dayton and Josh Koroma, and also confirmed that both Sam Ling and Jay Simpson had suffered slight knocks against the Dragons.

After Saturday’s game, Embleton said: “Charlie’s had an ongoing problem with his knee. It was Chesterfield away that he first experienced coming off the pitch with that injury and it’s taken him some time to get over it.

“He’s experienced a bit of discomfort with it this week. He came on and played very well against Barrow on Tuesday night but when he came into training on Thursday morning it was too sore for him to continue with the warm-up.

“Sometimes it can settle down quite quickly but other times you can tweak it and that’s the annoying thing – we’re just hoping it settles down quickly this time.”

Embleton also confirmed that Dayton was extremely close to a return and that it was now mostly about forcing his way into the side rather than being cautious about the injury.

He said: “It’s very close now for James, it’s just about him getting more minutes out on the training pitch. He looks sharper every time he comes out and trains.

“We’re trying to organise a friendly or reserve game this week to try and get those that are close an opportunity to get time out on the pitch because you don’t want to be using league games or big cup games to bring those players into the team – we want them to by physically ready so we don’t experience that set-back of losing them again.”

Josh Koroma has been out since January with an injury he picked up against Maidstone United, and although he may be slightly behind Dayton in terms of a return, Embleton says he too is close.

He said: “Josh hasn’t done as much physical contact time with the ball in training with the boys as would have probably liked, but he is almost back to it in terms of his sprinting work. I think with the sort of injury Josh has sustained that is the big thing, being able to go full out in terms of the sprints you need to do.

“He’s very, very close. Again, if we can get a game on sometime during the week, I’d love to think Josh will spend some time on the pitch.”

Finally, Embleton also discussed a few knocks picked up in the game against Wrexham, and it was two of the substitutes, Ling and Simpson, who the O’s may have to be cautious with in midweek.

He said: “I don’t think Sam’s in particularly serious and I think Jay was feeling a little bit tight for the first time. We’ll have to wait and see what Jay’s is like once it’s settled down but hopefully it’s just fatigue.”

With a full fixture list between now and the end of the season, it’s likely that any returning O’s players will have to pick up some minutes in that friendly reserve game this week.

However, for those in the squad, the league action continues on Tuesday night as the club make the trip to Aldershot Town, with kick-off at 7.45pm.