Southend defender Sean Clohessy is available again after a one-match ban for the visit of leaders Torquay.

The right-back missed Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy win against Gillingham after being sent off against Bradford.

He now looks set to be recalled against the Gulls while striker Scott Spencer has recovered from a back problem that forced him out of the last two matches.

Spencer has been suffering with back spasms but returned to training on Thursday.

That means Southend's only injury doubt is centre-back Mark Phillips, who is suffering with a hamstring problem.

Boss Paul Sturrock is looking for his side to turn Roots Hall into a fortress, saying: "Away from home we have been very competitive and looked a very good side, but at home we have not reached those heights."

Torquay boss Paul Buckle will have a full squad to choose from.

Wayne Carlisle is expected to return to the Gulls line-up after being rested for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash with Bournemouth in midweek.

Buckle has praised his squad for taking a punishing schedule in their stride over the past week, although he is glad he has a full compliment of players at his disposal in the event of tired legs becoming a factor.

"It isn't ideal to be travelling to Port Vale (last weekend), Bournemouth and then Southend in the space of a week," he told Torquay's official website.

"It isn't fair in many ways and the players will probably be feeling it come the weekend, but it's up to us to try and find the right training methods and know when to come off it and when to add a bit more."

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