SOUTHEND United midfielder Dru Yearwood is back in full training.

The 18-year-old has been on the treatment table since suffering a hamstring injury against Bristol Rovers on the final day of last season.

But Blues boss Chris Powell has revealed the youngster is now nearing a return.

“Dru has started full training with us again now,” said Powell.

“He is looking strong and hopefully we will get him some minutes in a friendly of an under-23 game in the next seven to 14 days.”

Yearwood - who came through the youth ranks at Roots Hall - started all 18 matches for the Shrimpers last season following Powell’s appointment in January. His fine form also saw him receive an England under-18 call-up.