Southend v Swindon preview

Date published: Monday 30th January 2012 2:07

Pat Baldwin is in line to make his first start since he rejoined Southend when they host Swindon in a top-of-the-table clash on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old centre-back joined the Shrimpers on a free transfer until the end of the season from Colchester on Friday and could slot straight into the heart of defence.

Baldwin previously spent time on loan at Roots Hall during the 2009/10 season when he made 18 appearances.

Manager Paul Sturrock does have two injury concerns as his side bid to return to the summit of the League Two table.

Defender Mark Phillips is battling a groin problem while midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala is struggling with a hamstring strain.

The pair had to come off in the Shrimpers’ 2-1 defeat to Shrewsbury and will be handed late fitness tests with Sturrock mindful of forthcoming clashes with Plymouth and Rotherham.

Swindon will be without injured centre-back Aden Flint.

Flint, who has impressed at the heart of the the Robins’ defence this season, has a groin problem which kept him out of the 2-0 FA Cup fourth-round defeat to Leicester on Saturday.

Meanwhile, forward Billy Bodin may not be included in the matchday squad, with the Wales Under-21 international set to leave the County Ground before the January transfer window closes on Tuesday night.

Striker Mehdi Kerrouche will not feature for manager Paolo Di Canio. The Algerian has not played since the 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers on December 10 and the Wiltshire club hope to offload him before the window slams shut.

Luke Rooney is available to Di Canio once again after the winger was cup-tied for the trip to Leicester.

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Southend v Swindon preview

Date published: Monday 5th December 2011 4:11

Southend duo Mark Phillips and Michael Timlin will miss the home fixture.

Centre-back Phillips and midfielder Timlin both picked up their fifth bookings of the season in Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup draw against Oldham and now serve one-match suspensions.

Timlin, however, would have been ineligible in any case under the terms of his loan from the Robins which runs until January.

Winger Jemal Johnson remains suspended by the Essex club pending an internal investigation into his off-field behaviour, while striker Barry Corr and midfielder Harry Crawford (both knee) are long-term absentees.

Should Southend see off Paolo Di Canio’s side at Roots Hall then they will set a new 18-match unbeaten club record, and also move to within touching distance of a trip to Wembley with only a two-legged area final against either Barnet or Brentford standing in their way.

Swindon will welcome back striker Jake Jervis for the trip to Essex.

The on-loan Birmingham hitman was not eligible for the Robins in their 1-0 victory over Colchester in the FA Cup second round on Saturday, as his parent club barred him from playing.

However, Jervis is available for selection against the Shrimpers and could make an immediate return to the starting line-up. Fellow forwards Mehdi Kerrouche and Lukas Magera are likely to be rested, meaning Alan Connell and Ronan Murray will be vying for a spot up top with the 20-year-old.

Swindon are hoping midfielder Simon Ferry will have recovered from illness to take part at Roots Hall, with Oliver Risser set to miss out if the Scot shrugs off the bug that forced him to sit out the game at the weekend.

Manager Paolo Di Canio has said he will make changes to cope with the hectic schedule his team are dealing with at present, and there could be a recall for winger Lander Gabilondo on Tuesday.

Defenders Joe Devera (ankle) and Alberto Comazzi are not expected to feature.

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