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Roots Hall (ATT 4,996) 18th October 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: Andy Woolmer

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Luke Prosser: Completed his ban

Luke Prosser: Completed his ban

Team news for Friday's League Two clash between Southend United and Fleetwood Town at Roots Hall.

Luke Prosser returns from suspension for Southend to face Fleetwood at Roots Hall on Friday night.

Fellow defender Adam Thompson is also available for selection again for Phil Brown after returning from international duty with Northern Ireland Under-21s.

Loanee Rob Kiernan could drop to the bench after standing-in for Prosser in the Blues' 1-0 win against Burton last weekend.

Julian Bennett and Marc Laird are both ruled out with knee injuries but Freddy Eastwood could be in line for a start after coming off the bench to grab the winner in the win at the Pirelli Stadium.

Fleetwood are likely to include new loanee Charlie Taylor in their squad as they make the trip to Southend knowing three points would put them top of the Sky Bet League Two table.

Graham Alexander's men are just one point behind leaders Chesterfield, who they drew with last weekend, and can leapfrog them in the table given they play a day earlier.

The Cod Army brought in 20-year-old left-back Taylor on a one-month deal from Leeds as cover for Dean Howell after full-backs Stephen Jordan and Alan Goodall, recalled from his loan spell with Grimsby, both suffered groin strains.

Midfielder Gareth Evans is expected to travel with the squad but will receive a late fitness test on his ankle problem.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 33 64
2 Shrewsbury Town 32 61
3 Wycombe Wanderers 32 59
4 Luton Town 32 55
5 Southend United 32 54
6 Plymouth Argyle 32 52
7 Bury 32 52
8 Newport County AFC 32 50
9 Stevenage 32 48
10 AFC Wimbledon 32 45
11 Northampton Town 32 44
12 Morecambe 32 44
13 Portsmouth 32 43
14 Exeter City 33 43
15 Accrington Stanley 32 43
16 Cambridge United 32 38
17 Oxford United 32 37
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 32 37
19 Mansfield Town 32 35
20 Tranmere Rovers 32 34
21 Carlisle United 32 33
22 York City 32 32
23 Cheltenham Town 32 31
24 Hartlepool United 32 24