Southend boss Paul Sturrock has promised to make changes for the visit of Gillingham following Saturday`s dismal 2-0 defeat at Swindon.

Sturrock was livid with his side`s abject performance at the County Ground, having kept faith with the same XI who drew 2-2 against Northampton.

"Some players will have played their last game for a very long time for Southend after that performance,"warned the Scot after the loss to his former employers.

Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala returned to the bench after a groin injury before being introduced just before the hour mark and is certain to be in contention for a start.

Jemal Johnson dropped from the matchday 16 due to illness and will be assessed, as will Neil Harris (groin) and Lee Sawyer (thigh), who have missed the club`s last two games.

On-loan midfielder Michael Timlin is available to been ineligible to face parent club Swindon, but Liam Dickinson serves the final game of his three-match suspension and long-term absentee Barry Corr (knee) is out.

Gillingham captain Andy Frampton is rated as 50/50 for the trip but Danny Kedwell is okay having shaken off an ankle knock.

Defender Frampton missed Saturday`s 1-1 draw against Accrington due to a thigh injury and is facing a race against time to be fit for the trip to Roots Hall.

Kedwell, however, will be involved having overcome a blow to his ankle which forced the striker off in the closing stages at the weekend.

Curtis Weston passed a late fitness test on his thigh at the weekend but, despite not having featured, has been ruled out against the Shrimpers due to a recurrence of the problem.

He joins fellow midfielder Jack Payne on the sidelines as he continues his month-long recovery from knee ligament damage.

Striker Adam Birchall continues to be a long-term absentee with his knee injury, while second-choice goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga is still missing due to mumps.

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