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Gulls goalkeeper Michael Poke is a doubt after missing the 0-0 draw with Oxford last weekend because of a strained abductor muscle in his groin.

The medical staff will assess the 26-year-old in training ahead of this weekend's match. If he does not get the green light then Martin Rice will deputise again.

Winger Danny Stevens also missed the clash at the Kassam and his lower abdomen strain will rule him out again, but striker Rene Howe will return after serving his one-game suspension for five yellow cards.

Meanwhile manager Martin Ling hopes to have winger Lloyd Macklin available again by Christmas.

The 23-year-old broke a metatarsal just over a month ago but is set to have the plaster removed and he could be on course to feature in the Devon derby with Exeter on December 22.

Paul Sturrock hopes to have a virtually fully-fit squad - but a couple of players will require late fitness tests.

Striker Neil Harris is the only definite absentee with his long-standing knee injury but midfielder Kevan Hurst has declared himself fit after an ankle knock.

"We have picked up a couple of knocks from the behind-closed-doors game this week and a few starters from Saturday will require fitness tests," the Shrimpers boss told the club's official website.

"But I am hopeful they will all be okay and we will have as strong a squad as last week to select from."

Southend's solid 0-0 draw at Port Vale last Saturday extended the club's unbeaten run to four games.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Tranmere  
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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