Football - Phillips boost for Shrimpers

Mark Phillips returns from suspension for Southend's trip to Exeter.

PA Sport Report

The centre-back has missed the Shrimpers' last three matches but is back in the fold at St James Park, although midfielder Conor Clifford continues to serve his ban.

Midfielder Marc Laird will be hoping for more minutes following his recent return while striker Freddy Eastwood is also eyeing a place in the matchday 18 having overcome his niggling knee problems.

Defender Julian Bennett is now the only player in the treatment room as he continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury, while Adam Thompson is away with Northern Ireland's Under-21 squad.

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