Date: 26th February 2015 at 3:57pm
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Daniel Bentley missed the recent defeat against Accrington Stanley but the Southend ‘keeper was fit to return against Stevenage last weekend – although he wasn’t able to take the goal kicks in that four-two defeat due to the ongoing nature of his groin injury.

Phil Brown has warned him that he’ll only play against Carlisle on Saturday if he’s fully fit and ‘able to take goal-kicks again’ but if he’s not he’ll not risk him, which he decided to against Stevenage even though he felt his groin during the warm up and this resulted in Cian Bolger taking the goal kicks.

The job that he was able to do in that game, even in defeat, was praised as his presence in the side ‘changes the psychology’ for both us and our opposition given Bentley’s quality and stature.

Brown insists that he’ll have no qualms about selected Ted or Paul Smith if needed but has told the Echo that he’s hopeful that Bentley will be fully fit and firing but he’ll be ‘fully tested’ to make sure he is.

‘We will be speaking with Dan and watching him closely but he’s started the week on the front foot.

‘We’re hopeful of him training today and tomorrow ahead of the game and then being available to play against Carlisle but we won`t be taking any risks and he will be tested fully before we make the decision on whether or not he can play.’

This makes perfect sense, Bentley’s that important to us that we want him to play but why risk him potentially missing the remainder of the season for the sake of a game or two that he could do with resting in.

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