Luke Prosser has been added to the growing list of injury problems at Southend ahead of their home game against Hereford.

The 22-year-old defender reported for training on Monday morning with a calf problem and after consultation with the club's doctor it was revealed the former Port Vale man will be out for three weeks.

Left-back Peter Gilbert remains sidelined with the ankle injury that kept him out of the 1-0 midweek defeat against Crewe and is facing at least two more weeks on the sidelines.

Midfielder Craig Easton, who also missed the defeat against the Railwaymen, will be sidelined for three weeks with a calf problem so Anthony Grant is set to retain his place.

Defender Bilel Mohsni is also ruled out with ankle ligament damage as the Shrimpers look to end a run of five games without a win.

New loan signing Steve Leslie is in Hereford`s travelling party for the clash.

The attacking midfielder signed a one-month deal from Shrewsbury on Thursday morning and the relevant paperwork has been cleared for him to make his debut at Roots Hall.

On-loan Doncaster striker Waide Fairhurst extended his stay by a further month earlier this week, meaning he will also be available to manager Jamie Pitman.

Fairhurst`s initial spell, which brought three goals in seven league starts, expired after last Saturday`s 2-1 home defeat to Barnet.

Pitman is again not expected to have any new injury problems and does not have any suspension concerns to contend with.

Long-term absentees Ryan Valentine and Dan Connor (both hip) have spent this week at Lilleshall stepping up their rehabilitation and could well return to the frame in around three to four weeks.

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