Southend's Scott Malone is an injury doubt ahead of Tranmere's visit to Roots Hall.

The defender sustained a knock to his toe in training on Thursday and he is now a big doubt for Saturday's clash with Johnny Herd on standby to deputise.

However, boss Steve Tilson is able to welcome several players back into the fold.

Alan McCormack was suspended for Monday's clash with Colchester, but he has now served his ban and should come back into contention, while on-loan duo Pat Baldwin and Scott Vernon should also come back into the squad after being ineligible to play against their parent club.

Anthony Grant is still sidelined with an ankle injury that will keep him out for two months, while reserve goalkeeper Ian Joyce has returned to his native America for a week-long trial with an unnamed club.

Tranmere boss Les Parry will be without versatile midfielder Ash Taylor.

Taylor is nursing a hamstring injury sustained during Tuesday's 1-0 win at Gillingham.

He was replaced by Gareth Edds after just 24 minutes and misses the Roots Hall showdown.

Defender Ian Goodison is also a doubt with an ankle injury as Rovers bid to secure the win that would take them above Southend.

Striker Bas Savage remains sidelined as he recovers from a 10-month lay-off with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

But Parry has no other major concerns as his side seek to build on their win at Gillingham - their first away win in League One since he took over from John Barnes.

Parry said: "Hopefully we can build on that now."

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