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Ben Coker set to spend time on the sidelines

13 January 2016

Blues defender due to have operation

“In the meantime I am looking for a replacement to cover the left back role and I’m hoping to have someone in by the fixture against Peterborough United on Saturday.”

“It’s the same surgeon who has recently operated on Manchester City’s Samir Nasri and he was back out there after three and half weeks so hopefully Ben will be around the same time.

“Luckily Ben has a history of quick returns, like when he damaged his arm last year he came back quicker than expected and played a huge part in us getting promoted in the second half of the season.

“The quicker we get the operation done the quicker we will get him back out on that pitch at full fitness.

“It’s been a problem for Ben for around a month or so and he’s been playing through the pain barrier.

Southend United Manager Phil Brown was clearly disappointed to lose a regular first team member of the squad.

The defender who has featured in 29 matches for the Blues this year, putting in a number of eye catching displays will be a big loss for the Southend defence.

Southend United’s left back Ben Coker is due to have an operation on a lower abdomen tear in London.

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