Millwall striker Neil Harris is doubtful for the visit of Southend.

The Lions' record goalscorer, who only recently returned from a two-month lay-off with a back injury, suffered a groin strain against Oldham on Saturday.

With fellow frontman Gary Alexander still in plaster following his recent heel operation, Lewis Grabban or Jason Price will step in if Harris is ruled out.

Defender Andy Frampton is close to returning from a calf injury but the Shrimpers game may come too soon.

Midfielder Marc Laird was on the bench at Oldham after passing a late check on his calf problem and should be involved again.

Millwall are unbeaten in their last three league outings and know a win could lift them into the play-off places.

Southend have no new injury or suspension worries.

The Shrimpers had to settle for a point on Saturday following their 1-1 draw against Wycombe following the departure of 17-goal top scorer Lee Barnard to Southampton last week.

On-loan Sunderland defender Jean-Yves M'Voto is still continuing his rehabilitation from hip surgery and remains a doubt.

However, defender Scott Malone is a definite absentee after playing his final game of his loan spell against the Chairboys, he has now returned to parent club Wolves. But boss Steve Tilson has already confirmed that he will be speaking to Molineux boss Mick McCarthy this week about the 19-year-old's future.

Malone's enforced absence may give 20-year-old Johnny Herd a chance to shine having featured only seven times during their League One campaign so far.

Striker Matt Paterson, who came to Southend as part of the #175,000 deal that took Barnard to Saints, is assured of a starting berth after impressing on his debut and will once again partner Francis Laurent in attack.

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