Football - Healy healed for Shakers

Bury will be boosted by the return to full fitness of David Healy and captain Steven Schumacher for the FA Cup second-round replay at Southend.


Northern Ireland international striker Healy has not played since scoring in his country's 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan due to a calf injury but is set to provide an extra option in attack for boss Kevin Blackwell, who will be without ineligible on-loan Leicester forward Tom Hopper.

Skipper Schumacher came back into the Shakers' midfield ahead of schedule as a second-half substitute during Saturday's 2-0 defeat at home to Leyton Orient following an ankle ligament problem and is pushing for a start.

Aside from Hopper, Bury's five other loanees have been granted permission to take part in cup action by their parent clubs, but it remains to be seen whether the transfer embargo imposed on the Gigg Lane outfit by the Football League will impact upon the availability of Matt Doherty, Zac Thompson, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Troy Hewitt and Gregg Wylde.

Former Leeds man Ben Parker was prevented from making his debut at the weekend by the embargo having agreed non-contract terms, while fellow defender Phil Picken (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

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