Leyton Orient midfielder and club captain Jobi McAnuff returned to training on Friday along with a host of the injured personnel.

McAnuff is yet to feature this season due to ongoing injury issues, instead helping the team from the sidelines in his player-coach role.

Head coach Ross Embleton confirmed after yesterday’s 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic that McAnuff came through the session unscathed and also hinted that he could make his return to the pitch soon.

He said: “It’s a little bit surreal at the moment because we went from training on Wednesday with about 18 or 19 players, to training yesterday with around 23, one of which was Jobi McAnuff, which I think for everybody is a delight to see him back out there.

“He’s worked his socks off in order to do that, so now it’s really important that we keep chipping away at him to see if he can continue to come through the sessions that he is doing and build and come closer to the team. I’m probably waiting for that knock on the door from Jobi to ask me why he’s not in the team in the coming weeks but that’s a positive situation to find ourselves in.”

As well as the return of McAnuff to training, recoveries for Louis Dennis and Sam Ling have also stepped up, with them taking part in the warm-up prior to the Oldham game, although not fit enough to be in the squad.

Embleton said: “Louis Dennis was in the 19/20 man squad today, albeit not on the bench but I think that shows another positive that he’s out there warming up. Sam Ling has trained again this week for a couple of days and he’s in a very similar situation to Jobi. We’ve just got keep chipping away to see how quickly we can get him back out there.

“Just before kick-off, Marv [Marvin Ekpiteta] and Turls [Jamie Turley] were out there. Turls is going to be a bit longer because of the operation and Marv’s is one that we’re assessing every day because it’s bruising to the bones in his shins more than anything else, so we have to just let that settle. There’s not really a timescale you can put on that.”