Shrimpers close to full strength
Paul Sturrock has a near fully-fit squad to choose from when Southend travel to Crewe.
Striker Freddie Eastwood was recalled for last weekend's 2-0 win over Macclesfield and may keep his place.
Fellow forward Elliot Benyon will also be pushing for inclusion to partner veteran Neil Harris in attack.
Sturrock is still without long-term absentees Liam Dickinson (ankle), Jean Paul-Kalala and Barry Corr (both knee) and Christian Dailly (toe). None of the injured quartet are expected to feature.
Southend narrowly missed out on the final automatic place by a point to Crawley on a dramatic final day.
The Shrimpers completed the double over Steve Davis' side this season and will be hoping for a repeat over their two-leg meeting.