The boss says things are looking up on the injury front ahead of Blackpool test.
Southend United manager Phil Brown admits things are improving in terms of players back in contention following doubts regarding a number of players.
The likes of Ryan Leonard, Myles Weston and a number of other Blues players were thought to have picked up knocks recently, but Brown says the outlook ahead of the home game against Blackpool is brighter.
“We have 16 players back on the training pitch today including some of those who were doubts,” the boss says.
“Michael Timlin hasn’t trained due to a heel injury he picked up at the weekend against Sheffield United.”
And on the Tangerines, Brown comes up against a former side and an old friend in the form of Neil McDonald.
Brown made more than 40 appearances for the Seasiders before going into a coaching role with the Lancashire side and he says there will be a ‘siege mentality’ from McDonald’s side.
“People say Blackpool are the crisis club and I know Macca [Neil McDonald] very well and he would have created a siege mentality.
“They went through a period in October earning 14 points from six games, so that shows they are capable.
“He’s brought in a striker this week and has a strikeforce including [Mark] Cullen and [Jack] Redshaw.
“This will probably be the most difficult game of the season because we’re probably the favourites to win the game.”