MARK Oxley could be back in contention for Southend United's crunch clash with AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

The Shrimpers shot-stopper, who has been sidelined since December with a back problem, has resumed full training.

And Blues boss Chris Powell must now decide whether or not to immediately recall Oxley or stick with 19-year-old Nathan Bishop who has lined up between the sticks in his absence.

"It’s a tricky one with Mark," said Powell.

"He’s done some good training and he’s completely fit.

"We will see on Friday if he’s in contention or if he needs another week or so.

"But it’s needs must and we need players who have been through tricky times to lend their experience.

"Mark comes under that umbrella so we’ll on Friday if he’s in contention."

If Oxley does return then the goalkeeper will make his 100th appearance for the club.

However, an Echosport poll, which had attracted 600 votes at the time of printing, had 62 per cent of fans wanting Bishop to stay in goal.

The teenager has started the last 15 League games for Blues.