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Grant remains absent for Shrimpers

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Southend will still be without Anthony Grant when they welcome Norwich to Roots Hall.

The midfielder serves the second instalment of a two-match suspension after picking up 10 bookings so far this season.

Loanee Jean-Yves Mvoto is still sidelined after undergoing a hip operation, while Osei Sankofa is missing with a knee injury.

Johnny Herd also faces four weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring tear he picked up in the win over MK Dons last week, leaving the Shrimpers with a defensive headache.

However, manager Steve Tilson does have options in attack after completing the loan signing of Jabo Ibehre last Thursday.

Ibehre can operate on the wing or as a centre-forward and will hope to be given a chance to impress against the Canaries.

Norwich manager Paul Lambert will have defender Jens Berthel Askou back in his side.

The Danish centre-back missed Saturday`s 3-1 FA Cup defeat after his wife fell ill but he is expected to resume his partnership with Gary Doherty at Roots Hall.

New signing Anthony McNamee will be involved for the first time since joining from Swindon on deadline day and he should join fellow loan signing Russell Martin on the bench.

Midfielder Darel Russell came off at Brunton Park with a dead leg and is rated doubtful, so Scotland international Stephen Hughes is on standby to come in.

Michael Spillane (hamstring), Matt Gill (calf), Owain Tudur Jones (groin), Declan Rudd (knee), George Francomb and Luke Daley (both thigh) remain sidelined.

The Canaries will be looking to return to winning ways in the league as they chase down second-placed Charlton.

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Stephen Hughes
Norwich City
Gary Doherty
Milton Keynes Dons
Osei Sankofa
Luke Daley
Football
Jabo Ibehre
Anthony McNamee
League One
Swindon Town
Russell Martin
Southend United
Anthony Grant
Darel Russell
Jens Berthel Askou
Jens Berthel Askou
Declan Rudd
Michael Spillane
Johnny Herd
FA Cup
Charlton Athletic

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