Luiz Felipe Scolari has hinted the return of his version of Captain Fantastic, John Terry, is the least of his worries for Sunday's clash with Manchester United.
The Portuguese manager is more worried about his misfiring forwards, who contrived to miss a heap of chances and hand a replay to the lowly Shrimpers in Essex on Wednesday.
He said: "John is the captain and a very good player. He's a man that sometimes changes things on the pitch. But it's not because John didn't play against Southend that we didn't win. We had 15 chances to win and converted only one.
"We won 99 balls in the air - and lost only one - and they scored. That's football."
The one they lost was Ricardo Carvalho's mistimed jump that saw the ball skim off his head and inconveniently on to that of Southend's Peter Clarke, who gobbledup the chance in the 91st minute.
But Scolari, who faced a media barrage after the tie concerning the supposed suspect unity of the squad, and the continued squandering of goal chances, admitted he was mighty glad to have a few more troops at his disposal to face Manchester United in the 4pm kick-off.
Midfielders Michael Ballack and Deco as well as Nicolas Anelka and Terry are all expected to feature at Old Trafford.