Goalkeeper Paul Smith has been handed his debut for tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash with AFC Wimbledon.The Blues stopper will start at Roots Hall tonight in the first round of the competition.
Meanwhile, winger Kevan Hurst has failed a fitness test following a blow to the head on Saturday and is replaced by Anthony Straker.
Fellow midfielder David Martin is also unavailable after an injection in his ankle.
Southend: Smith, Clohessy, Straker, Cresswell, Timlin, Phillips, Prosser, Leonard, Spicer, Assombalonga, Tomlin.
Subs: Harris, Bentley, Barker, Benyon, Woodyard.