Southend United boss Paul Sturrock has injury problems to contend with ahead of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup clash at Peterborough United.
Blues travel to the Championship sides London Road home in round one of the competition.
But the Scotsman will have to wait on the fitness of a number of his players before naming his starting eleven.
“We have a few injury concerns ahead of the game so we will have to give them every opportunity to be fit,” he told the official website.
“I don’t want to say at this time which players are touch and go but they will be given every chance.
“It will test our mettle on Tuesday but with the players we have injured I want them fit for Saturday as that is the more important one.
“I am a bit disappointed we have a few injuries for Tuesday night as I would have liked a settled team but it does give an opportunity to others.”
Sturrock wouldn’t be drawn on who is missing but striker Barry Corr (groin) and midfielder Michael Timlin (shoulder) are two who won’t be involved.
The pair have not figured this pre-season although Timlin continues to make good progress and could be just a few weeks away from a return.
Meanwhile, centre-back Ryan Cresswell (groin) missed Friday’s 6-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur whilst Gavin Tomlin (ankle) has also be absent for the Blues last three friendlies.
And as Southend unusually kick-off the 2012/13 with the Capital One Cup, Sturrock hopes to use the game to help his side hit the ground running for when League Two kicks-off on Saturday.
“We want to go as far as we can in cup competitions but the bread and butter to any club is the league and we want to get off to a good start in that,” he said.
“Peterborough gives us a real opportunity to be competitive very quickly.
“They are a very good footballing team who are strong at home. Accrington is coming very quickly on Saturday and we want to get off to a good start.”
As well as the injury doubts the Blues will go into the match without an experience goalkeeper.
Sturrock’s attempts in the transfer market have been thwarted thus far and he will now hand 19-year-old Daniel Bentley his full debut against the Posh.
“Daniel will start at Peterborough on Tuesday,” said Sturrock.
“It is a big game for him but he will have to stand up and be counted. I have every confidence in the boy.”