Southend v Aldershot preview
Team news ahead of Tuesday night’s League Two clash between
Southend and Aldershot at Roots Hall.
Southend’s Michael Timlin faces a fitness test.
The influential midfielder was eventually forced off with a
troublesome ankle injury just minutes after half-time in Saturday’s
disappointing last-gasp 1-0 defeat at Morecambe.
Manager Paul Sturrock was left counting the cost of his
withdrawal and Timlin is now receiving treatment, along with one or
two unnamed others, ahead of the visit of Aldershot.
Aside from Timlin’s availability, Sturrock is considering
changes to his starting XI after Saturday’s defeat and the likes of
centre-back Mark Phillips, midfielder John Spicer and striker
Freddy Eastwood all come into contention.
Strikers Barry Corr (groin) and Neil Harris (knee) as well as
defender Luke Prosser (gluteus maximus) continue to miss out.
Meanwhile, Sturrock has confirmed a loan deal for an experienced
central midfielder has been agreed but not yet completed. Sturrock,
who has remained coy over the name of the player, is keen to ensure
he has fully recovered from an injury which stopped the deal from
going through last week.
Under-fire Aldershot boss Dean Holdsworth will be without Josh
Payne as he again looks for a response from his misfiring side.
Holdsworth revealed some harsh words had been said to his
players after the Shots slumped to a club-record seventh successive
defeat with Saturday’s 3-0 home reverse to Rotherham.
The former striker questioned his side’s ability as well as
their character and will now be hoping to see a positive reaction
at Roots Hall.
At least one change needs to be made after midfielder Payne
picked up his fifth booking of the season in the defeat, meaning he
now serves an automatic one-match suspension against the
Attacking midfielder Jack Munns is still waiting to make his
debut having been an unused substitute at the weekend following his
loan arrival from Tottenham.
Aldershot will come up against former left-back Anthony Straker
just 24 hours after a tribunal ordered Southend to pay ?17,500, a
fee which could rise to ?22,500, for his services following his
summer switch between the two clubs.