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Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Southend and Macclesfield Town at Roots Hall.

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Southend boss Paul Sturrock is not expecting any fresh injury or suspension issues ahead of the club's crunch clash at home.

The Shrimpers will seal automatic promotion if they beat Macc and both Crawley and Torquay fail to win against Accrington and Hereford respectively, otherwise the Essex club will have to come through the play-offs.

Sturrock made one change for last weekend's 2-0 victory at Oxford from the side who triumphed 3-0 against Barnet, Kane Ferdinand coming in for on-loan striker Freddy Eastwood, who will be itching for a return at Roots Hall.

Long-term absentee Ryan Leonard could find himself on the bench having regained his fitness, with Christian Dailly (broken toe) and Blair Sturrock thought to be not far off in their recoveries.

Liam Dickinson (ankle), JP Kalala and Barry Corr (both knee) are sidelined for the remainder of the campaign.

Meanwhile, Glyn Chamberlain takes charge of his first game as caretaker manager of Macclesfield as the Cheshire club bow out of League Two this weekend.

The Silkmen's 15-year stay in the Football League came to end after a 2-0 loss at home to Burton, with manager Brian Horton departing shortly afterwards.

Chamberlain will hand late fitness checks to striker George Donnelly (hamstring), midfielder Tony Diagne (groin) and full-back Carl Tremarco before travelling to Roots Hall.

On-loan Oldham striker Matt Smith is pushing for a start after appearing from the bench in the last two outings.

Goalkeeper Steve Collis (shoulder), defender Paul Morgan, midfielder Dwayne Mattis (both ankle) and defender Elliott Hewitt (hip) are long-term absentees.

Macclesfield's ability to sign out of League Two with a first victory in 23 attempts will be sorely tested as the Shrimpers push for the three points that could see them secure the final automatic promotion spot.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
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Cambridge Utd v Hartlepool  
Carlisle v Oxford Utd  
Luton v Northamptn  
Newport v Accrington  
Plymouth v Cheltenhm  
Shrewsbury v Portsmth  
Southend v Bury  
Stevenage v Burton Alb  
Wycombe v Dag + Red  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wycombe 14 10 28
2 Burton Alb 14 2 28
3 Luton 14 7 27
4 Bury 14 7 26
5 Shrewsbury 14 11 24
6 Plymouth 14 6 23
7 Morecambe 14 4 23
8 Newport 14 4 22
9 Cheltenhm 14 1 22
10 Southend 14 1 21
11 Portsmth 14 0 20
12 AFC W'don 14 -1 19
13 Exeter 14 -2 19
14 Accrington 14 -4 19
15 Cambridge Utd 14 7 18
16 Northamptn 14 1 18
17 Mansfield 14 -4 18
18 Stevenage 14 -4 17
19 Oxford Utd 14 -3 16
20 Dag + Red 14 -7 14
21 Carlisle 14 -8 12
22 York City 14 -7 11
23 Hartlepool 14 -14 11
24 Tranmere 14 -7 10

Updated Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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