Southend United's Kevan Hurst eyes up win over Dagenham & Redbridge after his vision recovers (From Echo)
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Southend United's Kevan Hurst eyes up win over Dagenham & Redbridge after his vision recovers
SOUTHEND United’s Kevan Hurst has his sights set on seeing off Dagenham & Redbridge tomorrow — after recovering from blurred version.
The 27-year-old winger suffered a knock to the head which affected his sight during last weekend’s 1-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers.
But, having sat out Tuesday night’s 2-1 triumph over AFC Wimbledon with mild concussion, Hurst is now fit to figure against the Daggers.
And he is determined to fire Paul Sturrock’s side to another three points.
“I’m fit enough to be involved again now and hope to be able to help us win the game tomorrow,” said Hurst.
“After I first got kicked in the head, my vision flickered and then after a while I couldn’t see out of my right eye at all.
“It’s happened to me before so I wasn’t too scared this time and, although I had a cracking headache for a while, everything soon returned to normal.
“Unfortunately I still had mild concussion on Tuesday and couldn’t play against Wimbledon but I trained again yesterday and I’ll be wanting to play.”
Hurst has also been dogged by an injury problem during the start to his Southend career.
But he is now keen to crack on and become a permanent figure in the side.
“It’s been a bit stop-start for me so far but hopefully I can get myself going now,” said Hurst.
“I thought I did OK when I came on at Northampton and started well against Wycombe too so it was frustrating having to come off.
“I’d love to start tomorrow and help the team get another win but Dagenham are a good side so whoever plays will be in for a real test.”
Hurst could replace Anthony Straker on the left flank while boss Sturrock must also decide between goalkeepers Paul Smith and Cameron Belford.
Belford, who is on loan from Bury, has started every league game for Blues so far this season but Smith made his debut between the sticks during Tuesday night’s JPT Trophy win over AFC Wimbledon.