Football - Shrimpers short at the back

Southend's defensive injury woes continue ahead of their trip to struggling Northampton after loanee Cian Bolger returned to parent club Bolton.

PA Sport Report

Bolger only arrived at Roots Hall on Friday, joining on a month-long deal, but he sustained ankle ligament damage during his Shrimpers debut in Saturday's goalless draw at York.

His swift departure comes shortly after fellow loanee Luke O'Neill's return to Burnley for further treatment on his troublesome thigh problem, while Luke Prosser continues to be ruled out with a calf complaint.

Striker Lee Barnard (illness) will be assessed while midfielder Conor Clifford completes his four-match suspension at Sixfields.

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