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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 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39