Southend v Hartlepool preview

Team news for Tuesday's League Two clash between Southend United and Hartlepool at Roots Hall.

Last Updated: 17/02/14 at 17:04   

Barry Corr: Back in the fray

Barry Corr: Back in the fray

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

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport
Accrington v Mansfield
Bury v Plymouth
Cheltenham v Fleetwood
Chesterfld v Exeter
Morecambe v Scunthorpe
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend
Torquay v Dag + Red
Wycombe v Northamptn

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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