SOUTHEND United have completed a loan swoop for Sunderland defender John Egan ahead of Saturday's clash with Wycombe Wanderers at Roots Hall.

The seventh-placed Shrimpers have been hit by a series of injuries in their back four.

But 21-year-old Egan is due to train with Blues today and boss Phil Brown hopes to have the centre-back available to take on the struggling Chairboys.

“John should be coming in for the game and we’ve signed him on a 28-day loan, which is really good news for us,” said Brown.

Full story in tomorrow's Echo.