Northampton v Southend preview
Last Updated: 05/01/18 9:49am
Winger Hildeberto Pereira could make his Northampton debut on Saturday after he signed on loan from Legia Warsaw this week.
As long as the Cobblers receive international clearance the 21-year-old, who was on loan at Nottingham Forest last season, he will be in the squad to face Southend.
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Boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has doubts over John-Joe O'Toole, with the midfielder playing with a bruised ankle which has caused him issues. Daniel Powell (hamstring), Aaron Pierre (groin), Aaron Phillips (thigh), Alex Revell (groin), Sam Hoskins (ankle) and Leon Barnett (Achilles) are all nursing problems.
Southend will be without midfielder Josh Wright for a month after he sustained a hamstring injury. Wright limped off in the defeat to Shrewsbury last month and a scan has revealed he suffered a grade two tear.
Captain Anton Ferdinand (knee) will also be absent on Saturday, but he could be back in action within the next fortnight. Meanwhile, Michael Timlin and John White are both rated as 50-50 for Southend's trip to the Sixfields Stadium.
Northampton are unbeaten in the last four league meetings with Southend United, although three have been drawn (W1), including the last two by a 2-2 score line.
After going on a six-game unbeaten run away at Northampton in all competitions between November 2004 and April 2009 (W4 D2), the Shrimpers have won just one of their last six visits (D2 L3), losing 4-0 in their last league trip in September last season.
Northampton Town have gone four league matches without a victory (D1 L3) and have won just one of their last nine games in the League Two (D2 L6); in fact, 23 points after 26 games is the Cobblers' worst points tally at this stage of a season since 2013/14 (22 points) whilst competing in League Two.
Southend United have lost three consecutive away league matches for the first time since October 2016 - they last lost more than three such games on the bounce back in August 2016 (run of six).
John-Joe O'Toole has found the net in back-to-back league appearances against Southend United (two goals); against no other side has he scored more for the Cobblers in the EFL.