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Cresswell hopes to be available

5 November 2012

Defender Ryan Cresswell hopes to be available to face Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night.

The Southend United centre-back was forced off in the first half of Saturday’s 3-0 win against Stockport County after losing the vision in his right eye.

But the Blues defender is hoping he will get the thumbs up from Southend’s medical team in time to face the Pirates in the League Two clash.

“I clashed heads on Saturday with a Stockport defender after ten minutes,” Cresswell recalled.

“I carried on for a bit but I lost some of the vision in my eye and so I had to come off.

“I feel fine now but at the time I had a black line across my right eye and it was all a bit blurry.

“There was no way I could carry on so I had to come off.”

Cresswell was replaced by Luke Prosser, whilst Stockport’s Jordan Fagbola required stitches to a head injury.

And now Cresswell must wait on the advice of the Southend medical team before determining if he is fit to face Bristol Rovers tomorrow night.

“It really depends on what the medical team say,” he said. 

“I can see fine now. At the time it was a bit crazy as it is the first time it has happened to me.

“But I think every footballer will tell you they want to play and I am no different. I will have to see what the experts say but I’ve told the gaffer I am available.”

Should Cresswell be considered for the trip to the Memorial Stadium he knows his side will be in for a tougher match than their West Country rivals position suggests.

Rovers are 20th in the League Two standings after a disappointing start to the season.

But the former Rotherham United player believes they are in a false position given the quality of their squad.

“They are the home side so will be expected to win,” he said.

“Although they have been a bit inconsistent so far we have to approach it like it is a top of the table clash. Their position is a bit false.”

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