Southend United's Marc Laird out for two months

Southend United midfielder Marc Laird will be out for six to eight weeks after damaging his medial ligaments.

Laird, 27, sustained in the injury in Saturday's 2-0 League Two home win against Northampton.

Manager Phil Brown told the club website  : "It's really disappointing because Marc has made an excellent start to the season, and done really well.

"It may give some of the younger players the opportunity to impress."

Laird's setback is the second significant injury suffered by a Blues player this season.

Defender Julian Bennett faces at least six months out with a cruciate ligament injury, picked up in the Capital One Cup home defeat by Yeovil earlier this month.