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Phillips: Back in contention

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Burton winger Jimmy Phillips could be in line to make his comeback from injury.

Phillips is nearing the end of a five month lay-off with a broken metatarsal and could have some involvement.

Manager Gary Rowett says the 23-year-old will return to the field stronger than he was last season.

"Being out for five months, he's had plenty of time to work in the gym and he's changed shape a bit," he told the Derby Telegraph. "He's a bit bulkier, which will help him."

Goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson looks on course to be available again in the new year after a ruptured knee ligament injury.

But the experienced stopper faces a new battle in winning the jersey back from Dean Lyness who is expected to continue between the posts.

Britt Assombalonga faces a battle to be fit for Southend.

The 12-goal striker, on loan from Watford until the end of the season, sustained a nasty ankle injury which forced him off towards the end of the impressive 3-0 win at Dagenham on Boxing Day.

Assombalonga will now receive treatment and be given every chance of being fit for the Pirelli Stadium clash.

Skipper Chris Barker recovered from an ankle knock of his own to start against Dagenham, meaning manager Paul Sturrock was able to again name an unchanged starting XI.

However, Sturrock has not ruled out rotating his squad as they prepare for a further two games in four days, with the fourth-placed Shrimpers - unbeaten in 14 matches - at home to leaders Gillingham on New Year's Day.

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League Two Fixtures

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
19:45
AFC W'don v Plymouth  
Accrington v Hartlepool  
Cambridge Utd v Cheltenhm  
Carlisle v Burton Alb  
Exeter v Wycombe  
Luton v Dag + Red  
Morecambe v York City  
Newport v Southend  
Northamptn v Oxford Utd
Portsmth v Stevenage  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wycombe 13 11 28
2 Bury 13 12 26
3 Burton Alb 13 1 25
4 Luton 13 5 24
5 Plymouth 13 6 22
6 Morecambe 13 4 22
7 Shrewsbury 13 6 21
8 Southend 13 2 21
9 Newport 13 3 19
10 Cheltenhm 13 0 19
11 Cambridge Utd 13 8 18
12 Northamptn 13 3 18
13 AFC W'don 13 -1 18
14 Portsmth 13 -1 17
15 Stevenage 13 -3 17
16 Mansfield 13 -4 17
17 Exeter 13 -3 16
18 Accrington 13 -6 16
19 Dag + Red 13 -5 14
20 Oxford Utd 13 -5 13
21 Carlisle 13 -7 12
22 Hartlepool 13 -12 11
23 York City 13 -7 10
24 Tranmere 13 -7 9

Updated Sat, 18 Oct 2014

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