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Accrington Stanley Vs Southend United, Sat 13 Aug 2011

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Accrington boss John Coleman will again be without defender Danny Coid when his side host Southend.

The summer signing is nursing an injury which has ruled him out of Stanley's opening two matches of the season.

The former Blackpool man missed last Saturday's goalless draw at Northampton on the opening day due to injury and the midweek 2-0 defeat to Scunthorpe in the first round of the Carling Cup.

However, he is expected to be in contention when Coleman's men host Bradford on Tuesday.

Coleman has no other major concerns and assessed Ian Thomas-Moore in training this week as the former Tranmere striker bids to earn a contract.

Coleman said: "We had five one on ones in the first 25 minutes [against Scunthorpe] but if you don't take your chances you don't win games."

Southend defender Mark Phillips is facing a race against time to be fit.

The 28-year-old had to come off at half-time during Tuesday's Carling Cup exit to Leyton Orient after picking up another groin injury.

"I felt something tighten up in my groin towards the end of the first half in the Orient game but I'm hopeful I'll be OK for Saturday," Phillips told the Echo.

Manager Paul Sturrock will be hoping Phillips is fit to face Stanley as he is already without skipper Chris Barker who is out for the next two or three weeks with a grade one tear of his groin.

Last season`s top scorers Barry Corr (knee) and Blair Sturrock (ankle) are only just starting their pre-season programmes and are around two weeks away from being involved.

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