SOUTHEND United boss Mark Molesley is hopeful Jason Demetriou is closing in on a return to action.

Demetriou, who has to manage an ongoing knee problem, has yet to appear so far this season.

But Molesley believes the midfield could be back to face Morecambe at Roots Hall next weekend.

"Jason has been out on the field and he’s working hard," said Molesley.

"He’s had an injection and it’s positive so far.

"He’s starting to join in with a little bit.

"Saturday is probably a bit soon for him but we’re hoping next Saturday is more realistic.

"But you don’t want to give an exact date because there’s still work to be done and got through."