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Team news ahead of Tuesday's League Two clash between Aldershot Town and Southend United at the Recreation Ground.

Last Updated: 15/04/13 at 16:54

Adam Mekki: Short of match fitness

Adam Mekki: Short of match fitness

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The relegation-threatened Shots will again assess Adam Mekki and Danny Hylton ahead of their crucial game in hand in midweek.

Midfielder Mekki and 12-goal striker Hylton have both returned to training after groin and knee injuries respectively, but were not fit enough for Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Wycombe.

Defender Troy Brown made his long-awaited return from a knee injury as an unused substitute at Adams Park and he will be hoping for greater involvement.

Shots boss Andy Scott has no new injury problems but remains without long-term absentee Aaron Morris (cruciate ligament damage).

Aldershot currently prop up the League Two table, three points from safety with three matches remaining.

Shrimpers boss Phil Brown will run the rule over Ryan Leonard and Luke Prosser as he goes in search of his first win in charge at the sixth attempt.

Midfielder Leonard required stitches to a head wound sustained late on in Saturday's goalless draw against Bristol Rovers but is eager to play in midweek.

He stands a greater chance than defender Prosser, who missed out altogether and is still struggling with a little bit of back pain.

Goalkeeper Paul Smith is set to sit out with a virus while Tamika Mkandawire plays the final match of his current loan spell from Millwall.

Brown made five changes against Rovers at the weekend - recalling Leonard, Daniel Bentley, Anthony Straker, Matthew Lund and Freddy Eastwood - and it remains to be seen how he will line-up against bottom club Aldershot with just three matches remaining and the Shrimpers destined for a mid-table finish.

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