Cheltenham will again have a full-strength squad for their rearranged clash with Southend, with Town officials hoping the encounter survives a 9am pitch inspection on Tuesday morning.

The initial League Two meeting was abandoned with 66 minutes played on November 2 due to floodlight failure, with the Robins leading 1-0.

And the match may have to be completed at the third attempt depending on temperatures overnight in Gloucestershire, with pitch covers at Whaddon Road unable to counter the extreme current wintery conditions.

Captain Michael Pook enjoyed a 10-minute cameo from the bench in Saturday`s 3-0 FA Cup defeat at Southampton, his first appearance since returning from a calf injury. And he is likely to get another run-out against the Shrimpers should the game go ahead.

Manager Mark Yates told the club`s official website: "I don`t think there will be any hangover from Saturday. We have to focus on the next game and the players have been very good at that all season.

"We didn`t disgrace ourselves on Saturday but we didn`t quite reach the heights we have done in the past and if we had of done then who knows what would have happened. Hopefully the club is now in a better position financially and we can concentrate on our league form."

Southend manager Paul Sturrock has a trio of players suspended for the trip.

Peter Gilbert was sent off in the final minute of the 1-1 draw with Stevenage and after deciding against appealing the dismissal will start the first game of his three-match ban.

Bilel Mohsni and Anthony Grant will both miss the game due to a one-match ban after picking up their fifth bookings of the season at Broadhall Way.

Sturrock is also without Mark Phillips who has recently undergone a hernia operation and will be occupying the sidelines for some time but Barry Corr is pushing for a start following a back injury.

Chris Barker has been struggling with a calf injury but despite returning to training, the game at the Abbey Business Stadium is likely to come soon with Saturday's game a more realistic target for the defender.

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