Barry Corr and Jacob Murphy start at RochdaleJacob Murphy was handed his first Southend United start for the trip to Spotland to take on Rochdale in Sky Bet League 2.
Murphy replaced fellow Norwich City loanee Jamar Loza in the starting line-up.
Phil Brown made one other change, with Barry Corr returning to the starting XI in place of Lee Barnard.
Jakub Sokolik was passed fit after a slight knock in training on Thursday.
The two changes meant Blues switched back to a 4-3-3 formation for the game against Dale.
Blues: Bentley; White, Sokolik, Egan, Coker; Atkinson, Leonard, Timlin; Hurst, Murphy, Corr.
Subs: Chambers, Prosser, Laird, Eastwood, Barnard, Loza, Straker.