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Southend have received mixed team news ahead of the visit of Hartlepool as they look to get their promotion charge back on track.

Having overcome a fractured cheekbone, defender Luke Prosser missed Saturday's disappointing 3-2 home defeat against Exeter due to a calf injury and is again sidelined, along with suspended midfielder Conor Clifford.

Anthony Straker was only named on the bench against the Grecians after his partner gave birth on Saturday morning but he is back in full contention.

Striker Barry Corr is also expected to be fit and available despite being forced off towards the closing stages at the weekend due to a knee problem - with the Shrimpers aiming to end a four-match winless run.

Hartlepool's leading goalscorer Luke James is expected to shake off a dead-leg.

The 13-goal striker was forced off in the closing stages of Saturday's home win against Newport, but should resume up front alongside Marlon Harewood.

Neil Austin remains doubtful after missing the last two games due to a toe injury, so Jordan Richards is likely to resume at right-back.

Defender Michael Duckworth (double hernia operation) returned to the bench as an unused substitute on Saturday having been sidelined since New Year's Day and is hoping to feature.

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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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