Southend will give debuts to a host of new signings when they begin life in League Two against Stockport.
But new manager Paul Sturrock is set to be without injured defender Peter Gilbert for the clash at Roots Hall.
The left-back is struggling with an ankle problem sustained in a pre-season friendly against Derby and is likely to miss the first few weeks of the new season.
Sturrock will only have one other absentee in the form of suspended midfielder Ryan Hall.
The winger is unavailable after picking up a red card late last season while he was still at former club Bromley.
The Shrimpers were boosted this week by the news they had avoided administration, allowing them to complete full moves for 17 players signed on pre-contract deals.