Aldershot v Southend preview

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

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

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.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

League Two Fixtures

Sunday, 28 December 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Exeter  
Accrington v Burton Alb  
Bury v Mansfield  
Carlisle v York City  
Cheltenhm v Newport  
Hartlepool v Morecambe  
Luton v Portsmth  
Plymouth v Oxford Utd  
Shrewsbury v Wycombe  
Southend v Dag + Red  

Footer 365

Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha

Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha in Arsenal's 2-1 win over QPR.

Premier League: Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky give 10-man Arsenal 2-1 win over QPR

Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky gave Arsenal a 2-1 win over QPR despite Olivier Giroud's second-half sending off.

Premier League: Manchester City respond to Chelsea's victory by winning at West Brom

Manchester City won 3-1 at West Brom to reduce the gap on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League back to three points.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property