COLCHESTER United will assess winger Callum Harriott’s fitness this morning to see if he can feature in their game against Leyton Orient.

The 26-year-old limped out of the U’s FA Cup first-round defeat against Marine with a hamstring injury but could be fit to feature against the O’s, as Steve Ball’s side return to League Two action at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Ball said: “Cal is touch and go – at first, it was a bit of a worrying one because of the way he pulled up quite suddenly.

“But it’s another Grade One tear which is more positive as much as it can be a week or two weeks.

“He joined in some running (on Thursday) and we’ll have a look in the morning and see where he is.”

Midfielder Ben Stevenson could return against Leyton Orient, after missing the U’s last two games due to a groin problem.

“Ben has had a bit of a tight groin, so it’s just been a case of managing it,” said Ball.

“He had it a few weeks ago and it’s just flared a little bit but I’m hoping to get Ben back for the weekend.”

Midfielder Tom Lapslie is still sidelined after suffering a minor setback in his return from knee surgery.

However, the 25-year-old, who is yet to feature for Colchester so far this season, is on the road to recovery and is set to return to full training again, next week.

Ball said: “Tom has had an another scan and that was really positive.

“It’s bone bruising which is painful and something that you can’t always train through but knowing it is bone bruising rather than any ligament damage or anything like that is really good news.

“Tom is due to come back into full training again, next week.”

Colchester will be without attacker Luke Gambin for the O’s clash, which kicks off at 3pm.

The former Luton Town man is currently away on international duty, with Malta.

Colchester know a win over Leyton Orient this weekend could lift them into the play-off positions.

Ball added: “Our league form is excellent and we have three wins out of four.

“We have a game in hand over some teams who are around us and if we can get into the play-off positions, let’s do it.

“When that is, it doesn’t really matter but it’s a game where we’ll be looking to get three points from, get in the top seven and go from there.”