Paul Sturrock has positive selection decisions to make as his Southend side entertain fellow high-fliers Shrewsbury on Friday night, aiming to go top of League Two for a few hours at least.

Midfielders Ryan Hall and Anthony Grant come back into contention having served one-match suspensions last weekend for accruing five bookings this season.

Jean-Paul Kalala and Ryan Leonard helped secure a stunning 4-0 triumph away to Rotherham and the pair will be hoping to retain their starting berths against Shrews.

Fit-again striker Neil Harris returned to United`s XI at the Don Valley Stadium and duly grabbed his first goal of the season.

Midfielder Lee Sawyer (thigh) and long-term absentee Barry Corr (knee) are the only two players missing, but both continue to make good progress and will be available sooner rather than later.

Shrewsbury face a defensive reshuffle as second meets third in the league.

Reuben Hazell sustained a serious knee injury during last weekend's 2-0 victory over Torquay and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, with a visit to a specialist set to provide a full diagnosis.

But Shrews are boosted by the earlier-than-expected return of Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (hamstring), while skipper Ian Sharps (calf) was also poised to be back in training on Thursday. Both have missed the last two matches.

Meanwhile, fellow defender Jermaine Grandison suffered a swollen knee and has been feeling it in training this week but is expected to be okay.

Long-term absentee Carl Regan (calf) is likely to return to training in a week`s time but the defender will need another week to 10 days of fitness training before he is considered for selection.

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