Bury boss Alan Knill is again without striker Andy Bishop when his in-form side host Southend.

The highly-rated forward has been struggling with tendonitis in recent weeks and has missed the Shakers' last five games.

"Andy went to see a specialist on Tuesday and it went okay," said Knill.

"We are going to sit down with the doctors after Saturday's game and see what the best course of action is because he is still in pain with it.

"There is no immediate chance of him returning to action, certainly not for the next two or three weeks."

Knill has no other injury or suspension concerns but on-loan Manchester United striker Nicky Ajose will complete his one-month loan spell on Saturday.

Southend manager Paul Sturrock has selection issues.

Sofienne Zaaboub is struggling with a groin problem while centre-back Bilel Mohsni serves the last of his three-match suspension and is unavailable.

The good news for Sturrock is that his son Blair could be fit after returning to training while fellow striker Barry Corr may also feature if he can shake off a knock.

If both players do fail late fitness tests, on-loan striker Waide Fairhurst will continue to lead the line.

On-loan Josh Simpson and Mark Phillips have both shaken off flu and are available.

Michael Timlin has extended his loan from Swindon and will continue to play in central midfield while Craig Easton is on the comeback trail after returning to light training following a calf injury.

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