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Southampton Vs Leyton Orient, Mon 5 Apr 2010

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Southampton could be boosted by the return of Wayne Thomas and Morgan Schneiderlin for the visit of managerless Leyton Orient.

Long-term absentee Thomas (torn calf) and midfielder Schneiderlin (hamstring) both hope to recover in time to feature for Saints.

David Connolly will be hoping to make the squad after being left out of Thursday's 2-2 draw against Brighton.

Lee Barnard is pushing for a starting berth after coming off the bench to score a last-gasp equaliser in that clash.

But long-term absentee Graeme Murty remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

Alan Pardew's men sit 11 points adrift of the play-off places following an impressive run of form that has seen them lose just two league games since the turn of the year.

Managerless Leyton Orient will be without Sean Thornton for the trip.

The Os parted company with manager Geraint Williams following Saturday's 3-1 home defeat by Hartlepool, a result which left them just a point above the relegation zone after a poor run of one win in 11 games.

Assistant manager Kevin Nugent will take charge on a caretaker basis for Monday's game but Thornton will play no part as he begins a two-match suspension for picking up his 10th booking of the season at the weekend.

Jimmy Smith is the most likely candidate to replace Thornton in the starting XI, while striker Scott McGleish should retain his place after recovering from a foot injury in time to play 65 minutes against the Pools.

Captain Stephen Purches, who has missed the last three games with a torn calf, faces a late fitness test.

If Purches fails to make it, on-loan Aston Villa defender Eric Lichaj could deputise.

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Wayne Thomas
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