Andy Monkhouse returns to the Hartlepool squad for their home game against Southend.

The influential winger has completed a two-match ban having been booked for the 10th time this season.

Colin Larkin has started on the left in Monkhouse`s absence and could find himself relegated to the bench.

Striker James Brown started his first game since November in the reserves` 1-1 draw against Lincoln in midweek, scoring Pools` goal in a 70-minute run-out.

He is unlikely to come into the starting line-up against the Shrimpers but should be utilised from the bench once again having played just over an hours football in the last three first-team matches.

Centre-back Ben Clark sits out the last game of a three-match ban picked up playing for the reserves.

Southend will be without Jean-Francois Christophe.

The French midfielder begins a four-match suspension after picking up his second red card of the season in last Friday's 2-1 defeat to Charlton.

Boss Steve Tilson is set to welcome back Matt Paterson. The striker sustained a rib injury following a collision with Addicks goalkeeper Rob Elliot but has now recovered from the problem and should be available.

However, fellow forward Dougie Freedman has recently left the club to become the assistant manager at Crystal Palace.

Sanchez Watt and Jean Yves Mvoto will be hoping to keep their places in the starting line-up after recovering from concussion and an eye injury respectively in time to start against the Addicks but the game comes too soon for Anthony Grant (ankle).

Stuart O'Keefe again misses out but the midfielder should return to training next week after undergoing a hernia operation a few weeks ago.=

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