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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
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 18 35
2 Burton Albion 18 35
3 Luton Town 18 34
4 Shrewsbury Town 18 33
5 Southend United 18 31
6 Plymouth Argyle 18 30
7 Bury 18 30
8 Newport County AFC 18 28
9 Exeter City 18 27
10 Portsmouth 18 26
11 Morecambe 18 26
12 Accrington Stanley 18 26
13 Cambridge United 18 24
14 Northampton Town 18 24
15 Stevenage 18 24
16 AFC Wimbledon 18 24
17 Mansfield Town 18 22
18 Cheltenham Town 18 22
19 Oxford United 18 20
20 York City 18 18
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 18 18
22 Carlisle United 18 18
23 Tranmere Rovers 18 12
24 Hartlepool United 18 12