HARRY Lennon will again be playing through the pain when Southend United host Cheltenham Town at Roots Hall tomorrow.

The defender has put off an operation on a calf problem to play in Blues’ last two League games.

And the 25-year-old will again be in action this weekend.

“I’m not at 100 per cent but I’m managing to get through games and I’ll keep going for the team until I fall basically,” said Lennon.

“I’m on painkillers and they’re getting me through but it’s probably something I will need an operation on at some point.

“Hopefully I can get by without it for as long as possible though.”

Lennon suffered a calf injury during the pre-season friendly with Millwall.

But the pain is coming in the leg Lennon broke against Walsall back in October 2018.

“When the bone has grown it’s got very big,” said Lennon.

“It should be like a long thin line but it’s actually like a bulb and it’s pressing on the nerves and the muscles.

“I’m not getting much circulation in my leg and when it comes on my foot goes numb and I can’t feel my foot at all.

“It’s called compartment syndrome and it’s not ideal.”

Despite the difficulties, Lennon lasted the full 90 minutes against Exeter City last time out.

And the defender was sickened by the Grecians’ last gasp leveller in a 2-2 draw at Roots Hall.

“It was gutting at the end and it felt like a defeat if I’m honest,” said Lennon.

“It was a great goal from them but it could still been avoided from our point of view.

“That’s gone now though and it’s important to build on the last couple of performances which have been good and hopefully we can get that first win at the weekend.”

Cheltenham will provide the Shrimpers with another stern test.

But Lennon is certain Blues are close to kick starting their own season.

“Each week it’s getting better and it’s only a matter of time until we start to pick up points,” said the defender.

“Hopefully it starts on Saturday.”