Manager Paul Sturrock has handed starts to Anthony Straker and Ryan Leonard for today's match against Rotherham United.The Blues boss has recalled left-back Straker due to an injury to Luke Prosser at the New York Stadium.
Meanwhile, Ryan Leonard is handed a start after missing Tuesday's 2-0 win against Dagenham and Redbridge with a hamstring problem.
He replaced Alex Woodyard in midfield as new loan signing Jonson Clarke-Harris settles for a place on the substitute bench.
Southend: Smith, Clohessy, Cresswell, Barker, Straker, Hurst, Leonard, Timlin, Martin, Tomlin, Assombalonga.
Subs: Coughlan, Eastwood, Clarke-Harris, Bentley, Paxman, Benyon, Woodyard.