Tranmere Rovers facing injury crisis with six players ruled out for Leyton Orient clash

Tranmere Rovers caretaker manager John McMahon

Tranmere Rovers caretaker manager John McMahon

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Tranmere Rovers caretaker manager John McMahon says he has no problem with using some of the club's younger players if his injury concerns don't ease up ahead of Saturday's away game at Leyton Orient.

Six players are unavailable for the vital clash against Orient in a match they must win to keep out of relegation danger.

But the team will be missing the influence of Jason Koumas and James Wallace.

Rovers picked up two new knocks in the home game against Sheffield United, with Liam Ridehalgh and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro both coming off injured before half time.

McMahon said: "We've got knocks to Ridehalgh, to Akpa Akpro, to Goodison and to Jennings.

"Koumas is a no, Wallace is still a no, Baggie is a no and Ariyibi is a no, so we'll be delving into the youth set up I think.

"We'll monitor those players and hopefully they'll not be missing next week as well. A couple might have a squeak for Saturday, I won't rule them out until then, but there are a few struggling. We've got to give them every chance and the team every chance.

"If they're injured, they're injured, all I can do is pick the next best available.

"The younger players seem to play with no fear which is a bonus.

"They just need to enjoy themselves and show what they can do. The only pressure is from themselves.

"For me, they know the importance of the games, it's to take the pressure off them, to organise them and ask them to do a job. If they do the job I've every confidence in them."

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