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Roots Hall (ATT 4,580) 20th March 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: R East

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Grant: Out suspended

Grant: Out suspended

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

Southend continue to be without Anthony Grant for the match.

The midfielder, who missed Saturday's 3-2 victory at Hereford, serves the final game of an enforced two-match suspension having collected 10 bookings this season.

On-loan striker Jack Sampson failed a late fitness test on his groin injury at the weekend and will again be assessed.

Manager Paul Sturrock made five changes at Edgar Street - new signing Christian Dailly coming in for his debut while there were recalls for Ryan Hall, Chris Barker, Kane Ferdinand and Elliot Benyon.

All five can expect to start once again against an in-form Aldershot side who have won seven of their last 10, although five of those have come on home soil.

Liam Dickinson (ankle) and Jean-Paul Kalala (knee) will not play again this season while Bilel Mohsni remains unavailable for selection.

Meanwhile, Aldershot are sweating on the fitness of Adam Mekki, Josh Payne and Wilko Risser.

Mekki stands a chance of making a speedy return to fitness having missed Saturday's 1-0 win over Bradford with a nasty ankle injury which, sustained at Crawley last Tuesday, appeared set to rule him out for longer.

Midfielder Payne and match-winner Risser were forced off in the second half against the Bantams and will be assessed, although manager Dean Holdsworth is prepared to bring in fresh faces.

"We have two or three players who will be touch and go for Southend and it looks as though we may have to make some changes," he told the club's official website. "We have a decent enough squad that will be tested."

Ross Worner (back), Alex Rodman (pulmonary embolism) and Michael Rankine (leg) have been ruled out for the rest of the season.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
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1 Wycombe Wanderers 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 27 44
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 Cambridge United 26 36
13 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 26 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 27 27
23 Carlisle United 27 27
24 Hartlepool United 27 18