Relegation-threatened Southend will be without skipper Adam Barrett when Walsall visit Roots Hall.

The central defender was sent off in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Carlisle for two bookable offences and will serve a one-match ban.

Boss Steve Tilson is expected to start with Osei Sankofa in the absence of Barrett, who scored the Shrimpers' equaliser as they fought back from 2-0 down against the Cumbrians.

Jean-Francois Christophe is also unavailable once again as he serves the final game of a four-match ban.

Johnny Herd was preferred to Scott Malone at left-back against Greg Abbott's side and is expected to get the nod once again, while Francis Laurent is a doubt with the pelvic injury which ruled him out at the weekend.

Young goalkeeper Daniel Bentley will keep his place on the bench if Kelvin Jack (hamstring) is not fit to return, as the Shrimpers look to end a dismal run of 12 games without a win.

Walsall captain Mark Hughes will miss the trip having been sent off in Saturday`s 1-0 win over Colchester.

The centre-back was shown a straight red for a tackle on Ashley Vincent and will now start a three-match ban, ruling him out of the games against Southend, Exeter and Stockport.

Manny Smith is likely to step in during his absence.

Richard Taundry was deployed at right-back against Colchester at the weekend with Darryl Westlake ruled out due to illness and Rhys Weston (hamstring) still sidelined.

But manager Chris Hutchings is hopeful of Westlake`s return in time for the tip to Roots Hall while Weston is 50/50 having resumed full training but without the desired level of match fitness.

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