Southend United boss Phil Brown has given an injury update on Anthon Ferdinand and Mark Oxley ahead of the visit of Charlton Athletic on New Year’s Day.

The Blues confortably won 3-0 at Roots Hall on Boxing Day over local rivals Leyton Orient, however supporters of the Essex side became worried when they noticed defender Ferdinand limping at the final whistle.

But boss Brown is confident that the 31-year-old central defender has nothing to worry about and that he will not be facing a spell on the sideline.

“Anton took a whack to the ankle towards the end of the Wimbledon game and it caused him a bit of discomfort but it’s not an actual injury so I think he’ll be fine.

“We’ll monitor the situation throughout the week but at the moment I don’t see him missing the Charlton game which is good news because he’s a big player for us.”

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Mark Oxley will face a short spell out after hyper-extending his elbow in training in the lead-up to the Boxing Day clash with AFC Wimbledon.

What appeared to be a serious injury, Brown is pleased to be only minor damage – with the former Hibernain shot-stopper due to be ruled out for between two and four weeks.

“I was really quite concerned that Mark was going to be out for much longer and that a month was going to be the minimum amount of time he would be out for.” said Brown.

“But we’ve got the scan results back and he’s going to be out of action for between two to four weeks so it’s certainly a lot better than I thought.

“He’s torn a ligament in there and will have a further scan in another two weeks to see how the injury is improving and what needs to happen at that point.

“I’m sure it’s still frustrating for Mark because he was playing really well and had played quite a few games in a row.

“But that’s come to an end and we will have to see how it responds to treatment.”

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