Southend United Vs Shrewsbury Town, Sat 5 Feb 2011

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Southend`s Peter Gilbert should shrug off a groin injury to face Shrewsbury.

The left-back was substituted in the midweek victory over Oxford with the problem but is likely to be fit enough to face the Shrews at Roots Hall.

While Gilbert should be fit, fellow defender Graham Coughlan is set to miss out.

The veteran centre-half picked up a hamstring injury against Barnet and is unlikely to feature this weekend.

There is better news regarding the fitness of goalkeeper Glenn Morris, who has recovered from a bout of the flu.

However, the former Leyton Orient goalkeeper is unlikely to replace Rhys Evans, who should start for the Shrimpers after three straight victories.

Shrews boss Graham Turner has plenty of options but could well keep faith with the same XI who saw off Burton 3-0 in midweek.

Turner added five new faces on deadline day but only midfielder David Davis took part in Tuesday`s emphatic victory over the Brewers - with defender Paul Downing, midfielder Nicky Wroe and goalkeeper Lee Nicholls now expected to come into contention at Roots Hall.

Fellow signing Kelvin Lomax is nearing his comeback from ligament trouble and will soon be available for selection.

Jermaine Grandison also turned his loan move from Coventry into a permanent deal and, having returned from a slight hamstring injury to face Burton, is again expected to line up this weekend.

Winger Jon Taylor marked his full league debut with a brace against Albion and will be difficult to replace, as will the rest of the XI who started at the Greenhous Meadow including recalled striker Matt Harrold.

Town have been boosted by the return to full training of striker Nathan Elder this week after nine months out with knee ligament damage, although he now needs to build up his fitness before being considered for first-team action.

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Paul Downing
Nathan Elder
Nicky Wroe
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