Sturrock to decide on Mohsni replacement

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Southend boss Paul Sturrock welcomes Wycombe to Roots Hall having had longer to decide who will replace injured centre-half Bilel Mohsni.

The Shrimpers` clash at Accrington on Saturday was postponed just 90 minutes prior to kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch, with Southend`s team bus already at the Crown Ground having completed their mammoth trip north.

But they must put that frustration to one side as they look to continue with their play-off charge against a Wanderers side third in League Two but who lost 1-0 at Bradford on Saturday.

French defender Mohsni has been ruled out for six to eight weeks with an ankle injury, with experienced defenders Graham Coughlan and Mark Phillips both competing to take his place.

Young striker Kyle Asante is again likely to make Sturrock`s squad having scored a hat-trick for Southend`s reserves last week following a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Wycombe boss Gary Waddock could be without Chris Westwood.

The experienced defender only lasted 45 minutes of Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Bradford after suffering a groin injury during the first half and is a doubt to face the Shrimpers.

Alan Bennett, who returned from a calf strain to take his place amongst the substitutes, replaced Westwood for the second half against the Bantams and is likely to step into the starting line-up if the former Hartlepool man fails to recover in time.

Left-back Andy Sandell is still sidelined with a knee medial injury that is expected to keep him out for a minimum of six weeks but the Chairboys have no other injury or suspension problems to contend with.

Waddock's side will move up to second place if they return to winning ways following one draw and a defeat in their last two games.

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