Southend boss Paul Sturrock could hand new signing Lee Sawyer his third debut for the club when his side host Bury.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who had separate loan spells with the Shrimpers in 2008 and 2009, recently signed a deal until the end of the season after leaving Blue Square Bet South side Woking.

However, Sawyer looks unlikely to break straight into the team that ended Rotherham`s eight-match unbeaten run with a 2-1 win last weekend.

Experienced defender Mark Phillips returned to the bench for that game following four-and-a-half months out with hamstring and groin problems but was only an unused substitute and he will be hoping for some action against the Shakers.

Glenn Morris will again keep his place in goal despite pressure from Rhys Evans.

Bury boss Alan Knill has a virtually full-strength squad available.

Striker Andy Bishop is edging closer to full fitness after complications in his recovery from tendonitis.

He has played for the reserves and and trained this week but is not yet ready to make a return to first-team action.

Bishop`s continued absence aside, the Shakers have no other injury or suspension concerns as they bid to end a six-match winless streak in all competitions.

Knill is keen to add players to his squad but accepts he is restricted by financial constraints as he looks to bolster the club`s promotion challenge.

He said: "We might have to move somebody on if we want to bring somebody in."

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