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Oldham boss Joe Royle has several injury problems, while Anthony Grant is fit for Southend.
Last Updated: 24/04/09 3:32pm
Oldham boss Joe Royle has several injury problems ahead of the visit of Southend.
Winger Chris Taylor has been ruled out for the season after turning his ankle in training and he will now undergo a scan to determine the extent of the problem.
Fabio Ferriera has returned to his parent club Chelsea after suffering a groin problem and Ian Westlake has only just returned to training after his on-going battle with the after-effects of concussion.
Goalkeeper Mark Crossley will be hopeful of retaining his place between the sticks after he played his first game since December at Brighton last week, but Greg Fleming will be pushing for a recall.
The Latics have now gone 10 games without a win, meaning Royle is still awaiting his first success since his return to Boundary Park in March.
Midfielder Anthony Grant is fit to keep his place for the trip to Oldham.
The former Chelsea man came on as a 52nd minute substitute for Jean-Francois Christophe in last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Leicester, only to be forced off just four minutes later after suffering mild concussion.
Grant was able to return to training on Tuesday while Christophe has been ruled out of the clash with a hamstring injury, although tests have confirmed he has not torn it.
Winger Damien Scannell is in contention for a start after recovering from the bruised hip that kept him out against the Foxes.
But goalkeeper Ian Joyce is unavailable due to an injured finger so Clark Masters will instead travel with the squad.
Striker James Walker suffered a recurrence of his hamstring problem in Thursday's 5-1 reserve defeat against Watford and will not be risked.