Southend's Neil Harris and Lee Sawyer suffer injury blow

Neil Harris
Harris has made six appearances for Southend since joining from Millwall

Southend United have been hit by injuries to striker Neil Harris and midfielder Lee Sawyer.

Sawyer tweaked a thigh muscle in the warm-up ahead of Tuesday's 1-0 win at home to Crawley in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Harris was taken off with a groin injury and is also set for a spell on the sidelines.

Shrimpers manager Paul Sturrock told BBC Essex: "He's tweaked a groin and it's pretty bad."

The Blues will also be without striker Liam Dickinson, who will now serve a three-match suspension for being sent-off in the game.

Sturrock added: "Liam Dickinson was just going to get taken off because he'd rolled his ankle again.

"He'll have a freshness now, because he's got three weeks before his next game."