Peter Gilbert will be hoping to secure a place in Southend's starting line-up when they take on Chesterfield.

Gilbert took part in his first match in six weeks in Wednesday`s Essex Senior Cup clash against Chelmsford City following a three-game ban.

The defender made the bench for Monday`s defeat to Cheltenham and will be hoping to get the nod to start by boss Paul Sturrock.

Goalkeeper Glenn Morris boosted his hopes of a recall by saving three penalties against Chelmsford.

The Shrimpers prevailed in a shoot-out with the fit-again stopper impressing as he looks to displace Rhys Evans in the starting XI.

Defender Mark Phillips is in contention for after recovering from a hernia problem that has kept him out since November.

Chesterfield boss John Sheridan is hopeful key men Mark Allott and Craig Davies will be back for the trip to Roots Hall.

Both players missed out on Monday with tight hamstrings. Allott has missed the last two matches and top scorer Davies was rested against Accrington.

Right-back Jack Hunt will also be hoping for a recall after his introduction as a substitute at the Crown Ground. The on-loan Huddersfield defender lifted his side, who were 2-0 and heading for defeat.

Fellow subs Deane Smalley and Scott Boden, who scored the last-gasp goals that earned the league leaders an undeserved draw, will hope they caught the eye of Sheridan, who described the performance against Stanley as his side`s worst of the season.

Drew Talbot took a nasty knock on a knee in that game but carried on and he is expected to be fit. However, it is touch and go with fellow forward Dean Morgan who is still nursing the ankle injury he sustained against Stockport.

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