Having completed his switch from Benfica on Tuesday, the Portuguese international defender’s debut and first taste of English football could therefore come in the fourth round tie against the Championship side.TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR SOUTHEND FA CUP CLASH
Midfielder ‘JJ’ has trained well this week and is set to return from an ankle injury sustained against Arsenal on December 2. He’s missed 14 games in that time.
Paul Stalteri is also available again after recovering from a couple of injuries since his last start against MK Dons.
On the downside, striker Dimitar Berbatov misses out with the groin injury he picked up in Wednesday night’s Carling Cup semi-final against Arsenal at the Lane, skipper Ledley King (foot) and Teemu Tainio (ankle) remain out and Martin has a few players with knocks to overcome.
Martin reported on Friday: “Steed Malbranque has a problem with his calf and we’ll do a fitness test on him tomorrow.
“Teemu Tainio is still out with his ankle, Lee Barnard is the same but working hard, Dimitar won’t be involved, Anthony Gardner had a problem with his shin but hopefully will be fine and Tom Huddlestone took a knock on his ankle but again, hopefully he’ll be fine.
“There are a few minor things in there but we will still have a strong team.
“Ricardo Rocha will be involved and is considered for selection and both JJ and Paul Stalteri are back, so that’s positive news.”
Ricardo Rocha steps straight into the squad for Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Southend – alongside fit-again Jermaine Jenas.