Gillingham Vs Southend United, Mon 5 Apr 2010


Gillingham could be boosted by the return of skipper Barry Fuller and striker Simeon Jackson for the home clash with relegation rivals Southend.

Fuller has been sidelined since late February with a broken arm, but is expected to return to the squad and could play some part with the aid of a protective cast.

Leading goalscorer Jackson missed Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Oldham due to a hamstring strain, but is also likely to be back in action.

Fellow striker Chris Dickson, on loan from Charlton, could make way for Jackson after being hauled off after an hour at Oldham and later criticised by manager Mark Stimson.

Josh Gowling has recovered from a hamstring problem, but Simon King is not likely to play again this season after damaging ankle ligaments.

Francis Laurent could be recalled to the Southend starting line-up.

The striker made his return from a three-match absence with a pelvic problem as a second-half substitute in the goalless home draw with Yeovil.

Kelvin Jack could be involved against his former club if the goalkeeper can recover from a hamstring injury. He would replace youngster Daniel Bentley on the bench, with Steve Mildenhall retaining the number one jersey.

Franck Moussa serves the second game of a three-match suspension, while Damian Scannell is out for the remainder of the season after suffering a broken foot.

Boss Steve Tilson is frustrated that two of his most influential players are unavailable at such as key time in the season.

"They have been our most consistent performers over the last five or six weeks and it is a big blow to be missing them," Tilson told the club`s official website.

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