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Southend United's Britt Assombalonga gunning for more goals against Rotherham United
SOUTHEND United striker Britt Assombalonga is gunning for more goals at Rotherham this weekend.
The on-loan Watford striker was back on the score sheet in Tuesday night’s 2-0 triumph over Dagenham & Redbridge in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Roots Hall.
And he is now seeking more of the same against the Millers.
“It was great to score again during the week and now I want to do the same again against Rotherham,” said Assombalonga (pictured).
“The goal on Tuesday night was harder than it looked and I was a bit worried I’d missed it because I shouldn’t really have taken the shot with my left foot.
“Thankfully it went in to take my tally to seven and I’m looking to get to double figures as quickly as I can.
“I feel like I’m doing well but I want to keep it going to help the team get more good results to get us higher up the table.”
But as Blues look to build on their midweek win against the Daggers, Blues boss Paul Sturrock could have to alter his back four.
Luke Prosser is suffering with a buttock injury and feels he may have to miss tomorrow’s match against the Millers.
“Unfortunately it’s more than likely I won’t be able to play at Rotherham,” said Prosser.
“I played against Barnet the other night when I probably shouldn’t have done and I was in agony every time I had to kick the ball.
“It’s been really sore ever since and unless it suddenly gets loads better I don’t think I’ll be able to play on Saturday.”
With Mark Phillips still out with a groin injury, Chris Barker is likely to switch to centre-back if Prosser misses out, with Anthony Straker being recalled at left-back.
Ryan Leonard returned to training yesterday after recovering from a hamstring problem and he could be back in the squad.
Striker Barry Corr has now completed a three-match suspension after being sent off against Plymouth Argyle but the striker will face a late fitness test on a groin problem.
Fellow forward Neil Harris is definitely out with a knee injury and will have an injection on Monday to try to speed up his recovery.
The experienced striker has been out for almost a month with the injury and is expected to be sidelined for at least another fortnight.
Southend United (from): Smith, Clohessy, Cresswell, Barker, Straker, Hurst, Timlin, Woodyard, Martin, Assombalonga, Tomlin, Eastwood, Benyon, Bentley, Coughlan, Corr, Njie, Prosser& Leonard.