Tilson: Laurent must build fitness

10 February 2009 03:14
But the striker, who has recently recovered from an ankle injury, missed an opportunity to get back on the pitch when Tuesday's reserve game with Colchester was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Tilson told The Echo: "It's a shame for Francis because he's back fit now and would have figured in the reserve game with Colchester.

"He's been training with us for a few days but now we need to get his sharpness back and the match with Colchester would have done him the world of good.

"We had to protect the pitch ahead of Saturday's game with Tranmere though but Francis will keep working hard in training and it will be good to have him back."

Meanwhile, Southend's postponed clash at Swindon has been rearranged for Tuesday March 17 with a 7.45pm kick off.

Source: Team_Talk