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Vale could be without both of their regular full-backs.

With skipper Doug Loft suspended, manager Micky Adams could be forced to make three changes from the team held to a goalless home draw by Bradford on Tuesday night.

Full-backs Richard Duffy and Dan Jones are both doubts ahead of the weekend visit of the Shrimpers having missed training on Thursday.

"We'll give them as long as we possibly can, but both must be doubtful," said Adams.

"Dan looks as though he's tweaked his knee ligament and he did well to through the second half on Tuesday, and Richard has an ankle problem.

"We do have options, but I'd rather my two main full-backs were available. We'll have to assess everybody right up to the last minute."

With Loft beginning a three-match ban following his red card in midweek, Rob Taylor may come into contention to replace Jones. Although Adams could also switch Adam Yates to left-back and move new signing Anthony Griffith to right-back.

Meanwhile, midfielder Ryan Burge has recovered from the virus that saw him miss out against Bradford.'

Shrimpers boss Paul Sturrock does not expect to have any of his injured players back.

Centre-back Mark Phillips (broken toe), left-back Chris Barker (Achilles), midfielder Marc Laird (hamstring) and striker Gavin Tomlin (thigh) had all been hopeful of making a return.

However, Sturrock is wary of rushing the quartet back too soon having already done that this season with a number of players and subsequently seen them ruled out for a longer period.

Midfielder Michael Timlin is sidelined for the remainder of the campaign with a broken leg.

Southend travel to second-placed Vale currently a massive seven points adrift of the play-off spots in eighth, with their hopes of a top-seven finish severely hampered by having taken just five of the last 18 points on offer.

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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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