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Roots Hall (ATT 5,526) 16th December 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Scott

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Barker: Out injured

Barker: Out injured

Team news ahead of Southend's League Two clash against Bradford at Roots Hall on Friday night.

Skipper Chris Barker has been ruled out of Southend's home clash.

The defender was forced off shortly after the hour mark in Tuesday's 1-0 FA Cup defeat at Oldham having been unable to shrug off a calf problem.

Barker, however, insists it is more tightness than a strain and is hoping to be back in contention for the Boxing Day trip to Aldershot.

Bilel Mohsni starts a two-match ban for the red card he received at Boundary Park, a suspension which is his third of the season and will lead to internal discipline by the club although his future does appear to remain at Roots Hall.

Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala is back in contention having served a one-match ban in midweek.

Winger Jemal Johnson, who has completed a 14-day club suspension as a result of his off-field behaviour, had a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday and a decision will be made by the powers that be at Southend over the next few days. It remains to be seen whether he will available to face Bradford.

Meanwhile, Bradford defender Robbie Threlfall could return to contention.

The 23-year-old full-back has been sidelined for over a month with a thigh problem, but may be included in Phil Parkinson's squad.

Parkinson will be without striker Ross Hannah, who missed last week's home draw with fellow strugglers Plymouth after injuring his hamstring during the warm-up. Craig Fagan is expected to continue alongside James Hanson up front.

Parkinson has no new injury or suspension problems and is unlikely to make any unforced changes, although midfield pair Chris Mitchell and Ritchie Jones and striker Nahki Wells are pushing for recalls to the starting line-up.

Midfielders David Syers and Lee Bullock, both long-term absentees due to knee injuries, are unlikely to be involved, but hope to feature at some stage during the Christmas fixture schedule.

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Sky Bet League 2

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 42 76
2 Rochdale 42 75
3 Chesterfield 42 74
4 Fleetwood Town 42 69
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 42 62
7 Oxford United 42 62
8 York City 42 61
9 Plymouth Argyle 42 58
10 Mansfield Town 42 56
11 Bury 42 54
12 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 54
13 Newport County AFC 42 53
14 AFC Wimbledon 42 52
15 Cheltenham Town 42 52
16 Portsmouth 42 51
17 Accrington Stanley 42 50
18 Hartlepool United 42 49
19 Morecambe 42 49
20 Exeter City 42 48
21 Bristol Rovers 42 47
22 Wycombe Wanderers 42 46
23 Northampton Town 42 46
24 Torquay United 42 39