SOUTHEND United manager Kevin Bond could bring striker Stephen Humphrys back into the fray for Saturday’s crucial clash with Sunderland.

The Shrimpers are likely to have to beat the Black Cats at Roots Hall to maintain their League One status.

And Bond is tempted to recall Humphrys, despite him not being fully fit.

“Stephen isn’t fully fit but he does offer us something different,” said Bond.

“We will see how he goes in training this week and whether or not he could play a part in some capacity but we’re in desperate need of having everyone available.”

Humphrys was forced out for six weeks after suffering a broken nose, cheekbone and eye-socket against Accrington Stanley in late February.