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Match Preview – Doncaster vs Southend

Last Updated: 11/02/19 4:36pm

Doncaster boss Grant McCann could name an unchanged starting line-up for his side’s home game against Southend.

McCann has no new injury concerns, while midfielder Kieran Sadlier is pushing for his full league debut after stepping off the bench to score his first goal for the club in Saturday’s home win against Peterborough.

Defender Joe Wright is closing in on his return following an ankle injury, but Tuesday night may come too soon. Goalkeeper Ian Lawlor is the only other long-term absentee, ruled out for the season due to a shoulder injury.

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Southend will be without suspended midfielder Dru Yearwood, who starts a three-game ban after his straight red card in Saturday’s draw at Charlton.

Defender Sam Hart is hoping to recover from a knee problem in time after being forced off at the weekend, but boss Chris Powell expects the Blackburn loanee to be fit. Fellow defender Harry Lennon is hoping to feature. He returned as an unused substitute at the weekend after recovering from a broken leg sustained in October.

Defenders Ben Coker (knee) and Harry Kyprianou (Achilles) have both been ruled out for the rest of the season, while left-back Stephen Hendrie (groin) remains sidelined.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One clash between Doncaster and Peterborough.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One clash between Doncaster and Peterborough.

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Including play-offs, Doncaster are unbeaten in eight league meetings with Southend (W5 D3) since a 2-3 loss in September 2007.

Southend have lost five of their last six league visits to Doncaster (including play-offs), drawing the other 0-0 in August 2015.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One clash between Charlton and Southend.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One clash between Charlton and Southend.

Doncaster have won their last three matches in all competitions played on Tuesday by an aggregate score of 14-0.

Southend boss Chris Powell’s only previous league visit to the Keepmoat as a manager against Doncaster Rovers was in January 2014 as Charlton manager – a 0-3 defeat.

Doncaster’s Grant McCann has lost both of his home league meetings with Southend United as a manager, losing with Peterborough in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 campaigns.

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