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Southend boss Phil Brown has no fresh injury problems to contend with.

The Shrimpers will definitely be without long-term absentees Michael Timlin (broken leg) and Neil Harris (knee), while Brown will hand a late fitness test to Ben Reeves, who has been out with a calf injury.

Defender Luke Prosser is expected to keep his place in defence after returning from a back problem.

Goalkeeper Paul Smith could return to the starting XI having been sidelined by a virus. Daniel Bentley will continue in goal if Smith, who sat on the bench during Saturday's 2-1 defeat to York, is not ready to start.

Southend sit 11th in the league and are unable to qualify for the play-offs.

Morecambe are without Kevin Ellison for their last game of the season.

The 13-goal striker has been hit with a one-match ban by the FA for his celebration in front of Rotherham fans after he had scored a stoppage-time winner against his former club.

Shrimps boss Jim Bentley is already without defenders Chris McCready and Chris Doyle, while fellow centre-backs Andy Parrish and Will Haining are rated as 50-50 for the fixture.

McCready will be sidelined for up to four months after undergoing ankle surgery while youngster Doyle is suspended after being sent-off in the 2-0 defeat to Torquay.

Parrish is struggling with a thigh strain while Haining has a hand injury.

Bentley's men are 16th in the table and have won just one of their last nine fixtures.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 20 September 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Morecambe  
Bury v Burton Alb  
Cambridge Utd v Luton Town  
Cheltenham v Dag + Red  
Mansfield v Carlisle  
Northamptn v Accrington  
Oxford Utd v Stevenage  
Plymouth v Hartlepool  
Portsmouth v Wycombe  
Shrewsbury v Newport  

Sky Bet League 2

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

Updated Wed, 17 Sep 2014

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