Midfielder David Martin has been recalled to the starting line-up for Saturday's match at Northampton Town.The Blues winger was made available for transfer earlier this month as his name was circulated to other clubs.
However, the former Millwall wireman starts in place of Michael Timlin who misses the match through a one match suspension.
Fellow midfielder Ryan Hall is unavailable with a bruised foot whilst Freddy Eastwood also failed a late fitness test on a calf problem.
Left-back Luke Prosser replaces Anthony Straker in defence whilst Britt Assombalonga comes into attack.
Southend: Belford, Clohessy, Phillips, Cresswell, Prosser, Leonard, Ferdinand, Spicer, Martin, Tomlin, Assombalonga.
Subs: Smith, Straker, Harris, Hurst, Barker, Benyon, Woodyard.