Football - Problems mount for Shrimpers

Southend could be without as many as nine players for their Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Final second leg at home to Leyton Orient.

PA Sport

Chris Barker (calf) and Mark Phillips (toe) will be given every opportunity to recover in time but appear set to miss out along with fellow defender Ryan Cresswell, who is suspended.

Midfielder Marc Laird faces three weeks out with a hamstring injury but would have been cup-tied in any case, a ruling which denies Michael Spillane the chance to feature.

Loanee Caolan Lavery has returned to parent club Sheffield Wednesday for treatment after being ruled out for between six to eight weeks with a hamstring injury of his own, with leading scorer Gavin Tomlin (thigh) and midfielder Michael Timlin (broken leg) also absentees.

Boss Paul Sturrock recalled the versatile Bilel Mohsni from exile for Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Northampton but he was sent off in the first half and now starts a three-match ban.

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