The Gaffer admits 'little niggles' have hindered his selection options.
Southend United manager Phil Brown expects another tough Sky Bet League Two game when Blues take on Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium on Boxing Day.
Blues have had a gruelling December with tests against the top two sides in the division, and will do battle with an upwardly mobile U’s.
“They’re a good side, there’s no doubt about that,” Brown said.
“We’re not taking any team for Cambridge. If any team brings their game to the party then it’s always going to be a difficult game. If you can get that level of confidence right and put your best foot forward.
“Cambridge isn’t an easy place to go and we had a tug of war with them in the summer over Kwesi Appiah. It should be a cracking game.”
Heading into a busy Christmas period, Brown says his squad ‘will be tested’ with two games in the space of three days.
And the boss says he has a selection headache, with some key players possibly missing the match against Richard Money’s side.
“The squad will be tested. A number of them got game time in the behind closed doors game against QPR and we have a couple of niggles – Adam Thompson and Gary Deegan being two of them.
“I think it’s to do with the softness of the pitches. Depending on how they come through training tomorrow, we’ll see who’s available.”