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Tom Naylor has returned to fitness to come into contention for Portsmouth's Sky Bet League One clash with Southend.

Tom Naylor has returned to fitness to come into contention for Portsmouth’s Sky Bet League One clash with Southend.

The midfielder missed Pompey’s FA Cup second-round win at Rochdale with a groin problem.

Forward Joe Mason is also fit following a groin problem and featured as a substitute in the Checkatrade Trophy against Arsenal on Tuesday night.

Midfielder Dion Donohue (hamstring) is back in training and about a week away from a return to action, but on-loan QPR winger David Wheeler (back/hamstring) is still out.

Southend midfielder Timothee Dieng is a major doubt with a hamstring injury.

Forward Simon Cox (knee) is also doubtful for the Shrimpers, while defender Jason Demetriou (knee) is definitely out.

Southend have a host of long-term absentees, including defender Harry Kyprianou (Achilles), centre-back Harry Lennon (fractured leg) and goalkeeper Ted Smith (leg muscle).

Sam Barratt, left-back Ben Coker, midfielder Lewis Gard and forward Tom Hopper are also out for extended periods.

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