Kevin Maher finally ready for Daggers debut

Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second round, Dagenham & Redbridge v Southend United, Tuesday, October 4, kick-off: 7.45pm.

Daggers boss John Still looks set to hand Kevin Maher his long-awaited debut against former club Southend United in tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second round tie.

Maher broke a metatarsal during his first training session with Still’s side after putting pen to paper on a two-year deal in the summer and is yet to feature for the first team.

But the 34-year-old is now back in full training and while Still admits he’s not quite ready for a return to League action the veteran midfielder should play some part against his former employers.

“Kevin Maher is not quite ready yet,” said Still. “He’ll possibly play a bit of the game on Tuesday, but he’s not ready yet.”

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Meanwhile right-back Abu Ogogo will push Saturday’s match-winner Richard Rose for a place in the starting line-up.

Ogogo missed the victory over Crewe with a bug that has affected several people at the club, including the manager.

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But Still expects to have former Arsenal trainee Ogogo available again for the visit of Paul Sturrock’s table-toppers.

“He’s (Ogogo) been ill,” said Still. “There’s been a bug at the club for a few weeks, which I have also been a recipient of.

“When they get that you’ve just got to keep them away, you don’t want them around the place, so we didn’t have him in for the last couple of days, but he’ll probably be involved on Tuesday.”

One player definitely missing tonight is striker Sam Williams, who limped off the field shortly after scoring against Crewe and looks set to be out for a number of weeks.

Josh Scott, Luke Howell, Rob Edmans, Medy Elito and Dominic Green will also miss tonight’s match, while James Shea and Scott Doe are doubtful.

Leigh Sawyer (thigh) and Barry Corr (knee) will be missing for the Shrimpers, while Bilel Mohsni, Anthony Grant, Ryan Hall and Blair Sturrock could come into the starting line-up.

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