Southend boss Steve Tilson will be boosted by the return of Frank Moussa for the visit of Brentford.

Moussa has missed the past three matches through suspension after the midfielder saw red in last month`s defeat to Bristol Rovers for violent conduct.

The 20-year-old served the last game of his ban in Saturday`s 2-0 defeat to Leeds, where Tilson was only able to field a squad of 16.

Alan McCormack was expected to feature at Elland Road despite suffering a foot problem and he could be in line to return against the Bees.

Fellow midfielder Damien Scannell (foot) remains doubtful, meanwhile Scott Spencer is sidelined for the remainder of the season with ligament and tendon damage.

United desperately need to win just their second match in 20 to retain hope of escaping relegation from League One.

Brentford will check on defender Pim Balkestein.

The on-loan Ipswich centre-half was ruled out of Saturday's 3-0 victory over Huddersfield with a groin injury.

His absence left boss Andy Scott short of cover at the back as Ryan Dickson (hamstring), Mark Phillips (knee) and Kevin O'Connor (foot) are still on the sidelines.

Midfielder Marcus Bean captained the Bees for the first time on Saturday in O'Connor's absence, while Danny Foster was drafted in at right-back.

Striker Carl Cort could be rested in favour of Ben Strevens, who dropped to the bench against Town.

Goalkeeper Nikki Bull is fit after a shoulder operation and could be among the substitutes.

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