SOUTHEND United manager Chris Powell is keen to add more experience to his side at Blackpool tomorrow - but he remains unsure who will be fit enough to start.

Right-back Jason Demetriou is back in contention after recovering from the knee injury he sustained in November while centre-backs Harry Lennon and Rob Kiernan are also pushing for places.

Lennon has not started for the Shrimpers since breaking his leg in October while Kiernan has not played a first team fixture since suffering knee problems in August 2017.

But Powell is not sure how much of a part the fit-again trio will be able to play at Bloomfield Road.

“They’re all training but they’re all lacking minutes,” said Powell.

“It’s the case of needs must at the moment but I can’t keep waiting for them.

“However, will they last the 90 minutes? That’s the issue.”

Demetriou has not been selected in a matchday squad since lining up against Scunthorpe United in November.

And Powell is pleased to see the 31-year-old back to full fitness.

“Jason Demetriou has trained and I’m hoping he will be able to be in the 18,” said Powell.

“He hasn’t played for three months but I like Jason and we’re a stronger team and squad with him in it.

“He has a good attitude and experience so it’s great to see him back out there.”

Demetriou will now put pressure on Elvis Bwomono for a place in the starting line-up.

But Powell has other factors to consider.

“I know people will say use your experience but it’s a heavy pitch at Blackpool and it will be tough physically and mentally as well,” said the Blues boss.

“I’ve been asking young players to step up and they have done but they’re learning on the job. They’re going through experiences they wouldn’t normally have at their age and we need as many experienced players out there as possible to see us through.”

However, Blues will still be without defender John White for tomorrow’s clash.

“John White is ill,” said Powell.

“He’s suffering with a virus.

“He’s away from the boys and won’t be ready for this weekend.

“Whether or not he will be for Tuesday’s game at Scunthorpe we’ll have to wait and see.”

White has missed Blues’ last three matches after suffering a groin problem during the 3-0 defeat at Doncaster Rovers in mid-February.