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

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Hurst: Back in contention

Hurst: Back in contention

Kevan Hurst should be available for Southend's clash at home to neighbours Dagenham, while Dave Martin will be assessed.

Winger Hurst returned to training on Thursday having missed Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over AFC Wimbledon having not fully recovered from a bout of concussion sustained last weekend.

Fellow wide man Martin faces a fitness test having missed out of late with an ankle problem.

Striker Freddy Eastwood is also pushing for involvement having returned to training after a calf injury.

Goalkeeper Paul Smith finally made his debut for the club in midweek and it remains to be seen whether manager Paul Sturrock retains his services or recalls Cameron Belford.

The Shrimpers will be looking to build on last weekend's 1-0 win over Wycombe - their first in the league this season.

Dagenham boast an unchanged squad.

Manager John Still has no new injuries for the showdown, with only Kevin Maher (foot) and Matt Saunders (ankle) sidelined as they continue to build up their match fitness.

Mickey Spillane played in Tuesday's superb Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory over Stevenage with a bandage around his head having required four stitches to a wound picked up in last weekend's draw at AFC Wimbledon.

The versatile Spillane is again set to feature at Roots Hall, while fit-again Dominic Green is also pushing to start having appeared off the bench in the last two games.

Still faces a dilemma in attack with both Brian Woodall and Josh Scott on the scoresheet in midweek having replaced rested duo Sam Williams and Dwight Gayle.

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League Two Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport  
Accrington v Mansfield  
Bury v Plymouth  
Cheltenham v Fleetwood  
Chesterfld v Exeter  
Morecambe v Scunthorpe  
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend  
Torquay v Dag + Red  
Wycombe v Northamptn  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Sat, 12 Apr 2014

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