Ryan Austin remains an injury concern for Burton`s home clash with Southend.

Austin sprained an ankle during the home defeat to Aldershot on November 23 and has still not made a full recovery.

He is expected to remain sidelined along with fellow defender Richard Jackson, who has been a long-term absentee.

Those two aside, boss Paul Peschisolido has an otherwise full squad to choose from. He may also boost numbers with the signing of experienced midfielder Bryan Hughes.

The 34-year-old former Wrexham, Birmingham, Charlton and Hull player is training with Albion and Peschisolido is keen to sign the free agent.

Southend boss Paul Sturrock will be without the services of Peter Gilbert, Anthony Grant and Bilel Mohsni.

Gilbert begins a three-match ban following his red card in the 1-1 draw at Stevenage on November 23 for a poorly-timed, two-footed lunge on Jon Ashton.

The 27-year-old should be serving the final game of his ban on Saturday, but freezing weather conditions have meant two postponed games for the Shrimpers.

Bilel Mohsni and Anthony Grant are also suspended for one match but Graham Coughlan is set to continue playing through the pain barrier after numerous knocks and Chris Barker remains on the treatment table with a long-standing calf problem.

Barry Corr has shaken off a back problem whilst Antonio German is available having extended his loan from QPR earlier this week.

Mark Phillips is unlikely to be involved as he looks to recover from a hernia problem as Sturrock's side look to improve on a four-match unbeaten run.

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