The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

PHIL BROWN has called on his young Southend United troops to take ad­van­tage of Marc Laird’s mis­for­tu­nate af­ter the mid­fielder was ruled out for two months with a knee in­jury.

Laird limped off dur­ing last Satur­day’s 2-0 win against Northamp­ton Town and a scan re­vealed me­dial lig­a­ment dam­age that will keep him side­lined for six to eight weeks.

“It may give some of the younger play­ers the op­por­tu­nity to im­press,” said Shrimpers boss Brown.

“It’s re­ally dis­ap­point­ing be­cause Marc has made an ex­cel­lent start to the sea­son and done re­ally well.

“It means our squad is go­ing to be tested even fur­ther over the next few weeks.”

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