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Pirelli Stadium (ATT 2,636) 29th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Sutton

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Phillips: Back in contention

Phillips: Back in contention

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Burton Albion and Southend at the Pirelli Stadium.

Burton winger Jimmy Phillips could be in line to make his comeback from injury.

Phillips is nearing the end of a five month lay-off with a broken metatarsal and could have some involvement.

Manager Gary Rowett says the 23-year-old will return to the field stronger than he was last season.

"Being out for five months, he's had plenty of time to work in the gym and he's changed shape a bit," he told the Derby Telegraph. "He's a bit bulkier, which will help him."

Goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson looks on course to be available again in the new year after a ruptured knee ligament injury.

But the experienced stopper faces a new battle in winning the jersey back from Dean Lyness who is expected to continue between the posts.

Britt Assombalonga faces a battle to be fit for Southend.

The 12-goal striker, on loan from Watford until the end of the season, sustained a nasty ankle injury which forced him off towards the end of the impressive 3-0 win at Dagenham on Boxing Day.

Assombalonga will now receive treatment and be given every chance of being fit for the Pirelli Stadium clash.

Skipper Chris Barker recovered from an ankle knock of his own to start against Dagenham, meaning manager Paul Sturrock was able to again name an unchanged starting XI.

However, Sturrock has not ruled out rotating his squad as they prepare for a further two games in four days, with the fourth-placed Shrimpers - unbeaten in 14 matches - at home to leaders Gillingham on New Year's Day.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 20 41
2 Burton Albion 21 39
3 Shrewsbury Town 20 37
4 Luton Town 20 37
5 Plymouth Argyle 20 34
6 Newport County AFC 20 34
7 Exeter City 21 34
8 Southend United 20 34
9 Bury 20 30
10 Morecambe 20 30
11 Accrington Stanley 20 29
12 Cambridge United 20 28
13 AFC Wimbledon 20 27
14 Portsmouth 20 26
15 Stevenage 20 25
16 Northampton Town 20 24
17 Oxford United 20 24
18 Cheltenham Town 20 24
19 Mansfield Town 20 23
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 20 21
21 York City 20 19
22 Tranmere Rovers 20 18
23 Carlisle United 20 18
24 Hartlepool United 20 12