Football - Sturrock hoping for fitness boost

Southend boss Paul Sturrock will leave his team selection as late as possible with three key players hoping to be back in contention for the trip to Chesterfield.

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Winger Kevan Hurst suffered a recurrence of a back problem in the 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Brentford last Tuesday and expects to be okay to face his hometown club having returned to full training.

Centre-back Ryan Cresswell sustained a shoulder injury in the same game and is hopeful of being passed fit but had still not trained on Thursday.

Midfielder Marc Laird has missed out of late with a pulled hamstring but he is also keen to be involved against the Spireites, with the clash coming after last weekend's home encounter against Plymouth was postponed.

Sturrock will also run the rule over striker Britt Assombalonga as he continues his recovery from troublesome ankle and shin problems.

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