Kevin Bond believes just having Stephen Humphrys back around the training ground will give everyone a lift.
The striker has missed over a month of action with a fractured eye-socket and cheekbone and a broken nose sustained when scoring against Accrington Stanley in February.
Humphrys returned to the training ground this week to begin fitness work, which Bond was delighted about, but added he isn’t ready to be considered for selection just yet.
“Stephen has been doing a little bit of fitness work because he’s missed a lot of training, and I mean properly missed a lot of training,” said the new Southend manager. “He hasn’t been able to do anything, so he’s short.
“He’s just starting back now and it could be a mental aspect as much as anything.
“He’s had a lot of damage to his face and will have to be comfortable with that going into a game.
“It will take time, but it will give everyone a lift to see he’s back and it might not be long before he’s available to us.”
Bond also has Harry Lennon back fit and available for the game against Fleetwood Town on Saturday.
“Harry played 45 minutes for the reserves on Tuesday and came through the game and applied himself well.
“He’s part of the group and we’re glad to have him.”