Curbs splitting squad for Orient and MK Dons

Alan Curbishley will be splitting his first team squad between this week's two friendly matches, against Leyton Orient this evening and MK Dons tomorrow night.

The Hammers boss plans to ensure that the majority of senior players get through their first 90 minutes of the pre-season build-up, with just three more friendly matches to play before the new Premier League campaign kicks off against Manchester City on August 11.

The likes of Robert Green, Anton Ferdinand, Dean Ashton and Matthew Etherington will play at The Matchroom Stadium tonight in the testimonial match for O's manager Martin Ling, while new signing Freddie Ljungberg will be in action tomorrow night at MK Dons' new Stadium:MK having trained with his new team-mates for the first time today.

However, Scott Parker won't be available for either game after suffering a slight knee injury during Saturday's match against Lazio in Austria.

The midfielder tweaked ligaments in his left knee in the final moments of our 2-0 defeat in Lebring, but is aiming to resume training within seven to 10 days.

Squad to face Leyton Orient: Green, Pantsil, Ferdinand, Davenport, Dailly, McCartney, Etherington, Bowyer, Mullins, Ashton, Cole, Stech, Stokes, Hines, Jeffery, Widdowson, Fitzgerald, Collison.

Provisional squad to face MK Dons: Wright, Spector, Gabbidon, Collins, Upson, Noble, Collison, Boa Morte, Ljungberg, Reid, Bellamy, Zamora, Ephraim, Walker.