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Fitness tests await as Cambridge United prepare squad to face Leyton Orient in Sky Bet League Two




Tom Knowles is in contention for Cambridge United's squad to travel to Leyton Orient. Picture: Keith Heppell
Tom Knowles is in contention for Cambridge United's squad to travel to Leyton Orient. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridge United will be monitoring a few knocks and niggles before naming their squad to travel to Leyton Orient in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (March 7).

Mark Bonner has described a positive week on the training ground after the U's five-match winning run came to an end at the hands of Carlisle United last Saturday.

But couple of unnamed individuals may require fitness tests although, by and large, there was more good news on the injury front.

Paul Lewis and Liam O'Neil have trained all week after their hamstring injuries, and it is hoped they will be able to be involved at Brisbane Road.

Jack Roles was a second-half substitute last Saturday, and Sam Smith and Ben Coker are also on the edge of a return.

“They are desperate to be involved and desperate to play," said U's interim head coach Bonner.

"Hopefully they will have a full training week and we’re not too far away from seeing them.

“We feel like we have some good options along the way that we can use."

One of those could be Tom Knowles, who has returned early from a successful loan spell at Chelmsford City.

“With Tom, it’s a really good opportunity for him to see if he can get back in the squad and on the pitch and take his opportunity,” said Bonner.

“He had a very good loan. It will probably look like, because of the timing, he is in because Idris (El Mizouni) is out but there was always a plan that Tom was going to come back for these last 10 games of the season to contribute to the squad, if he can.

“We’ve got to make sure we give him those opportunities to show the level he is able to get to but, at the same time, he’s going to have to earn those as well.”

He added: “We know he’s talented, we know he’s quick and has the ability to score goals, and hopefully he will be able to show a little bit of that between now and the end of the season.”



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