ANDREW VORCE - Friday, March 26, 2010
Aston Villa reserve defender Eric Lichaj has joined League One club Leyton Orient for a one-month period on his second loan spell of the season.

The American spent two months during the fall at League Two club Lincoln City where he saw six matches, but picked up a red card early in his stint which cut his time on the field short.

However, after impressing on his loan spell with Lincoln and continuing playing well for Aston Villa in the months since, Lichaj has earned himself a chance to impress at a higher level with the initially one-month loan to Leyton.

"We've watched him play for the Aston Villa reserves and liked him," said Leyton Orient media chief Leo Tyrie. "We need some help in his position, and they [Aston Villa] wanted to give him some playing time."

The former North Carolina Tar Heel will initially spend one month with the east-London club, but could see his loan period extended through May should his services to Leyton be deemed beneficial by both parties.

"The loan is good until April 24th and potentially for the rest of the season," Tyrie revealed. "He trained this morning with the team and can play tomorrow."

"There is a good chance that he plays."

Leyton also brought in John Spicer from Doncaster, and the new pair will look to slot in immediately to help the 16th placed club try to avoid slipping any closer to the relegation zone in their Saturday match-up against 13th placed Brentford.

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