Southend boss Paul Sturrock will wait on the fitness of Kane Ferdinand and his son, Blair, before naming his squad for the home clash with Gillingham.

The former has missed the last three games with an ankle injury, while Sturrock sat out the 2-1 defeat at Morecambe through illness.

However, both could return to the Shrimpers squad to face the Gills.

Midfielder Lee Sawyer is pushing for a starting role after an impressive performance off the bench at the weekend, but French defender Bilel Mohsni still faces around three weeks on the sidelines with ankle ligament damage.

Winger Ryan Hall should again play despite being on bail following his conviction for a charge of affray.

Josh Gowling and Simon King could return to contention to give Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler defensive options ahead of the clash with fellow play-off hopefuls Southend.

Gowling and King will face late fitness tests on their ankle injuries, but, even if they are passed fit, are unlikely to replace Matt Lawrence and Garry Richards.

Midfielders Luke Rooney and Joe Miller are pushing for starts but striker Dennis Oli looks set to be on the bench again due to the form of Cody McDonald and Adebayo Akinfenwa.

Danny Spiller remains sidelined with a fractured finger, although he could be back within two weeks.

Midfielder Chris Palmer is closing in on a return from the knee injury that has sidelined him since November.

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