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15 December 2015

The Iron face Leyton Orient on Tuesday with a tie against Chelsea in the Emirates FA Cup third round up for grabs.

The two sides drew 0-0 in East London so take each other on at Glanford Park in a replay with the Premier League giants waiting for the winner.

Mark Robins’ side drew 1-1 on their return to League One action on Saturday in wet and windy conditions at Port Vale.

Leyton Orient also drew 1-1 on their return to league action, playing out an entertaining draw with fellow promotion hopefuls Mansfield Town.

Both sides will be hoping to progress on Tuesday though, with the third round tie between the winner and Chelsea scheduled to be shown live on BT Sport.

Tommy Rowe will be unavailable for the Iron as the on loan midfielder is cup-tied.

David Mirfin and Stephen Dawson are nearing a return to first team action as well, but Tuesday could come too soon for the pair.

The Iron will be without Tom Hopper and Gary McSheffrey though, with the attackers both injured.

He missed the original tie as a precaution, but prolific striker Jay Simpson returned to the Orient side with a goal at the weekend.

He tops the League’s scoring charts with 16 and keeping him fit will be the key to Leyton Orient’s chances of an automatic return to League One.

Simpson started his career at Arsenal, but struggled to make an impact at the Premier League giants and went on loan in search of regular football.

He had spells at Millwall and West Bromwich Albion, but his best loan spell came at Queens Park Rangers, scoring 13 times in 42 games.

That helped him secure a permanent move to Championship side Hull for around £1m, enjoying three years with the club.

After his release from Hull in 2013, Simpson played for Buriram United in Thailand for a season, but he left by mutual consent after a year.

This led to Leyton Orient signing him, but he was unable to prevent the team’s relegation last season and will hope they can bounce straight back this campaign.

Leyton Orient won on their last visit to Glanford Park, coming away with a 2-1 victory when the sides met last season.

They got off to the best possible start, with Scott Cuthbert heading home after just three minutes to give them an early lead.

The Iron hit back a few minutes into the second half though as Matt Sparrow fired home after being set up by Paddy Madden.

It proved to be short-lived as Orient regained the lead just two minutes after conceding, with the Iron failing to deal with a cross.

Jobi McAnuff netted the goal and it proved to be enough to give the visitors three points and see the Iron slip into the bottom four.

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