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Fitness battle for Douglas

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Jonathan Douglas is a doubt for Swindon as they entertain Leyton Orient looking to consolidate their place in the top 10.

The midfielder was on the end of a nasty challenge from Christian Smith last weekend that earned the Wrexham midfielder a straight red card as the Wiltshire outfit progressed to the third round of the FA Cup.

Douglas was struggling to make Tuesday night`s trip to Stockport before the game was postponed but manager Danny Wilson is keeping his fingers crossed he could return.

Alan O`Brien could be in contention to make his first home appearance since August, albeit from the bench, as he continues to step up his recovery from a lengthy absence due to a hamstring injury.

Recent signing Alan Sheehan is expected to make his home debut having featured against Wrexham while fellow loanee Danny Ward is in line to be included in Wilson's matchday 18 for the first time.

Charlie Austin will be keen to continue his recent form in front of goal and is expected to partner Billy Paynter in attack.

Adam Chambers and Sean Thornton are expected to be fit for Leyton Orient.

Chambers missed Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Gillingham after twisting his ankle in training on Monday but the problem is not serious and he will be added to the squad.

Fellow midfielder Thornton had to come off against the Gills as he was suffering with a stomach bug but he, too, should be fine.

Boss Geraint Williams has an otherwise full-strength squad to choose from as his side go in search of a third win in four matches.

Thornton, Ryan Jarvis and Jimmy Smith should keep their places in the starting line-up after their goals secured victory in midweek.

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