SIMP­SON RE­TURN VI­TAL FOR O’s HOPES

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

ALEX CISAK says much of Ley­ton Ori­ent’s pro­mo­tion hopes rest on the fit­ness of Jay Simp­son and Nigel Atan­gana.

Atan­gana and Simp­son , both 27, have strug­gled with in­jury this sea­son but re­turned in the O’s 1-0 home loss to Yeovil Town, giv­ing man­ager Andy Hessen­thaler a boost for the games to come.

Simp­son was pro­lific for Ori­ent last sea­son – scor­ing 25 goals – and the striker was linked with a move to Southend through­out the sum­mer, de­spite strug­gling with a back in­jury.

Cisak nev­er­the­less knows how im­por­tant the ex-Ar­se­nal youth prospect is to their League Two am­bi­tions, along­side the re­turn of mid­fielder Atan­gana.

“Jay is a great player. He was our top goalscorer last year and, hope­fully, he stays fit for the rest of the sea­son and scores a lot of goals for us,” said the 27year-old goal­keeper.

“Nigel came into the team be­fore his in­jury and did re­ally well. I know the in­jury has been frus­trat­ing. It is good to have op­tions for the gaffer.”

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