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Phil Brown: Luke Prosser's absence gives someone an opportunity against Bury

25 March 2015

Boss without Luke Prosser and Kevan Hurst for the trip to Gigg Lane.

Southend United manager Phil Brown says he will be without two key players for the long trip north to take on Bury in Sky Bet League Two.

Blues head to Lancashire on the back of a draw with Cambridge United and the Blues boss is facing up to being without centre back Luke Prosser and winger Kevan Hurst.

“Luke [Prosser] has almost felt the effects of whiplash. He's taken the ball full in the face and Luke won't be available for selection. He was in a good vein of form alongside Adam Thompson. Whoever gets the opportunity while Luke's out will get their chance.

“It's been diagnosed as a grade one tear to Kevan Hurst's hamstring. It's been a stop-start season for Kevan and he'll be out for the next two to three weeks.”

With Prosser's absence from the starting XI at Gigg Lane, that opens the door for the likes of Adam Barrett, Jerome Binnom-Williams and Cian Bolger fighting it out for the shirt.

“Adam has been a first choice all his career. He became available for selection, had his opportunity and unfortunately that was a 4-2 defeat at Stevenage. 

“There's opportunities for Adam now If that happens then I know what I'll get. He's committed to the cause and committed to Southend United.”

And on Bury, Brown's expecting a stern test against David Flitcroft's Shakers, who have been in a rich vein of form recently, which included coming back to beat Northampton Town last week – despite having ten men.

“They've won seven of their last eight games and you wonder why they have that sort of form,” Brown said.

“The goalkeeper they have on loan from Charlton is a force to be reckoned with. He got something like 20 clean sheets last season on loan at York.

“We go there in the knowledge of it being a feisty six-pointer. We need the win to stay on the tails of the front three. As well as that, it's a chance to get ahead of Bury in the race for the next eight games.

“Never say never. There's 24 points to play for and adding that to our current total will mean we've improved on last year. If we win all eight games we'll deserve automatic promotion!”

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