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Roots Hall (ATT 4,891) 16th March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Phillips

Southend Southend United vs Torquay United Torquay

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Last Updated: 15/03/13 12:25pm

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Marc Laird: Back for Shrimpers

Marc Laird: Back for Shrimpers

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Southend and Torquay at Roots Hall.

Marc Laird is back in contention for Southend.

The midfielder has been training all week after recovering from a hamstring injury and is expected to be on the bench as the Shrimpers look to bounce back from the shock defeat to AFC Wimbledon in midweek.

Laird told the club's official website: "I feel fit and ready to play again so would love to be involved again, but it's up to the manager what he decides to do.

"I've trained all week and not had any reaction to the injury."

Defender Luke Prosser begins a two-match suspension after he picked up his 10th yellow card of the campaign in the 3-1 defeat to the Dons, while Danny Mayor has returned to Sheffield Wednesday after his loan spell expired.

Paul Sturrock remains without the injured Gavin Tomlin (thigh), Mark Phillips (broken toe) and Chris Barker (Achilles).

Torquay will be without two first-team regulars.

Striker Elliot Benyon is unable to feature under the terms of his loan deal from Southend while defender Aaron Downes serves the first of a two-game ban for his red card at Dagenham on Tuesday.

Reading loanee Angus MacDonald replaced the Australian after his early dismissal and the centre-back is set to get the nod from the start against the Shrimpers.

Gulls boss Alan Knill signed Sheffield United winger Jordan Chapell on loan until the end of the season on Wednesday and the former Burton loanee looks likely to be involved.

Midfielder Craig Easton looks set to miss out again with a problem in his calves. The Scot is making progress but remains some way from a first-team return.

Torquay make the trip two points above the relegation zone after Rene Howe's last-gasp penalty earned them a point against the Daggers on Tuesday.

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Sky Bet League 2

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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