Southend v Wycombe preview

Date published: Friday 22nd May 2015 1:39

Disturbances: Ugly scenes at London Stadium

Adam Thompson remains the only absentee for Southend as they prepare to face Wycombe at Wembley in the League Two play-off final.

Thompson suffered a dislocated shoulder against Mansfield at the start of April and the central defender is expected to be out for around six months.

Shrimpers boss Phil Brown, who won promotion to the Premier League with Hull via the play-offs in 2008, will not be making too many changes, if any, to his starting line-up on Saturday.

“Apart from Adam Thompson, every member of the squad is on the training pitch so I have some fantastic options,” said Brown. “Ninety per cent of the team has been selected over the 48 games this season. The consistency level has been first class. With the 49th game of the season, I know my best team.”

Wycombe’s one big injury concern is goalkeeper Matt Ingram.

Ingram missed both legs of the semi-final with Plymouth because of a knee problem so Alex Lynch, nervy against Arygle at Home Park, could continue to deputise between the posts.

Steven Craig (hamstring) was absent for the second leg against Plymouth but the forward looks like he will be back in the squad for the trip to the national stadium.

Reflecting on Wycombe’s season, boss Gareth Ainsworth said: “It really is a fairytale story – where Wycombe have been this season. When we started the season not one fan would have envisaged this.”

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