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.