Date: 14th June 2016 at 8:34pm
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Anthony Wordsworth’s injury issues are set to limited his involvement for Southend last season, which was frustrating for him and Phil Brown.

That debut season saw meant Wordsworth was limited to just 16 starts following his arrival from Ipswich with a hamstring injury set to see him miss the start of pre-season with Brown telling the Echo.

‘Woody`s injury is a concern, it`s taking longer than we thought to get better and, at the moment, I would say he`s unlikely to be fit for the start of pre-season training. He`s continuing to get it treated but we`re looking into one or two other things because it`s been a long time now.’

An ongoing issue since March Brown added the Blues are looking to ‘get to the bottom’ of it with him back sooner rather than later as missing the whole of pre-season isn’t going to help and will further set him back.

‘Hopefully it will start to respond and improve because pre-season is obviously an important time of year for all players. But Woody has had this injury since March time now and we`re trying to get the bottom of the problem.’

From those 16-matches as a starter for Southend last season he did chip in with four-goals but with Jack Payne set to move on shortly Brown’s more and more hopeful Wordsworth can put his injury problems behind him with the 27-year-old one the boss is keen to have an important attacking role this time round.

Another issue in the spotlight recently has been the Football League deciding Premier League sides can enter U21 teams into the EFL Trophy (formerly JPT) next season.

This hasn’t gone down well with the fans but Southend chief executive Steve Kavanagh has backed the changes.

He’s been quoted by the Echo as saying, among other things.

‘The competition as it is dead. You either win it or want to go out in round one. The middle ground is a nightmare as there is little or no money and not many people are interested. Adding to that we now don`t have a sponsor either and I cannot accept that we can let a competition we have been strong in and got to the final several times just die. The final is a fantastic day and worth more than £400,000 but the competition needs to be refreshed and built into something new.’

Adding it was a case of ‘scrapping it’ or trying something ‘innovative’ to revive it.

‘Basically I think you either have to scrap the competition or try something a bit different and innovative for a year. It was a very long and complex debate but I do think this is the best of the solutions available.’

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