SOUTHEND United striker Nile Ranger is set to miss tomorrow's clash at Shrewsbury Town due to the terms of his release from prison.

Ranger spent 10 weeks behind bars after pleading guilty to online fraud.

But the 26-year-old, who played the full 90 minutes at Charlton Athletic on Saturday, is still wearing a tag and remains on a 7pm curfew.

And Blues boss Phil Brown does not expect Ranger to face the League One leaders.

"It's 95 per cent certain Nile is not available tomorrow which is disappointing after he played 90 minutes on Saturday," said Brown.

"The tag is causing me a problem and so is the 7pm curfew so it doesn’t look like we will have the opportunity to play him tomorrow.

"I’ve been in touch with governors which certainly makes a change from talking about formations and football but they’re the problems we’re facing.

"It’s disappointing after he played 90 minutes on Saturday but maybe it might be a blessing in disguise.

"It means he can have a good week under his belt before we unleash him against Northampton."

Brown also added tomorrow's game would be the last affected by Ranger's curfew as his tag is due to be removed before Blues make the long trip to Fleetwood Town later this month.