Southend United boss is hopeful that Anthony Wordsworth can feature in the Blues’ League tie against MK Dons, according to the Essex Echo.

The Blues host MK Dons at Roots Hall in their penultimate home game of the season and former Hull City boss Brown is hopeful that the midfielder can make a return from injury.

Wordsworth has found the net twelve times for Southend so far this season, but picked up a knock to the hamstring at the end of Friday’s 4-0 win at Chesterfield.

“Fingers crossed, Woody will be fine,” Brown explained to the Essex Echo.

“His hamstring tightened up towards the end of the Chesterfield game but hopefully he’ll still be able to play.

“We operate a red flag zone here and we have eight players in that at the moment, including Woody, so we’re wrapping them up in cotton wool.

“Nile Ranger is definitely in that zone and he’s more or less been in it all season!”

The Blues will be boosted by the return of Ryan Leonard, with the midfielder making a return to the squad after completing a three-match suspension.

“Lenny will be able to spice up the midfield,” admitted Brown.

“However if you look at the three midfielders on Friday they were all fired up to try and stay in the team.

“Woody proved once again he’s a big goal threat by scoring his 12th goal of the season and Michael Timlin made more passes than in any game he’s played this season and he had a 90 percent success rate.

“Will also made a great run to get the penalty and could have got himself a couple of goals if he had that coolness he had in the middle of the season, so we certainly have options in there.”

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