Leyton Orient man Tom James is set to spend “12-16 weeks” out through injury, manager Kenny Jackett has revealed.

Leyton Orient recruited Tom James in the summer transfer window, and the 25-year-old has been a mainstay in Kenny Jackett’s side since his arrival.

The Welshman’s absence from last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Tranmere Rovers was only the second League Two game James has missed all season, previously sitting out of the draw with Barrow in October through suspension.

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However, it has now emerged that James is facing a lengthy spell out through injury.

As quoted by the Newham Recorder, O’s boss Jackett has revealed the former Cardiff City academy player has suffered a “bad” hamstring injury, adding that James could be out for as long as three to four months.

Here’s what he had to say on the matter:

“That’s not good news, he’ll be out for a considerable amount of time.

“It’s quite a bad hamstring. It could be 12-16 weeks I think.”

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Before injury struck, James had successfully nailed down a starting spot at right wing-back under Jackett’s management.

He also operated as a right-back when Orient opted for a back four, playing 25 times across all competitions. He provided a threat going forward as well, chipping in with four goals and five assists in the process.

Now, Orient will be planning for a lengthy spell without the former Wales youth international as he begins his road to recovery heading into 2022. It will be interesting to see who can nail down a spot in his absence and if Jackett adapts his side to operate differently in his absence.