Match Preview: Brighton and Hove Albion vs Barnsley

By Liam Dawes

Sunday 6th November. Kick-off, 3:00pm.

Brighton manager Gus Poyet hopes to have Liam Bridcutt fit ahead of Sunday’s match against Barnsley at the Amex Stadium.

The midfielder was forced off during the first half of Tuesday night’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to Watford after feeling dizzy, but should train ahead of the game after 48 hours rest.

An extra day between fixtures due to the Lewes Bonfire Celebrations on Saturday gives the former Chelsea man an excellent chance of maintaining his record of starting every game this season.

Poyet said: “Liam recovered his memory in hospital and everything is fine with him.

“He was dizzy, he couldn’t stand on the pitch so we had to take him off.

“He will train on Friday and, with two days to recover, we are hopeful he can play on Sunday.”

Elsewhere, Albion is assessing a knee injury suffered by Gonzalo Jara Reyes, which caused the on-loan West Brom man to pull out of Tuesday night’s starting line-up.

“West Brom knows what has happened. We are in touch (with them).

“We kept him out because he was not fit to play for us.”

Will Buckley could also return to the side after a hamstring injury, whilst Albion are also hopeful that Will Hoskins and Vicente Rodriguez will be able to play a part.

There may be a re-call for centre back Lewis Dunk – who has been called up to the England U21 squad for the first time this week – after he was rested for the last two fixtures.

Gary Dicker, Adam El-Abd and Tommy Elphick are all still out as they continue their recoveries from long term injury.

Barnsley will be high on confidence after beating Hull 2-1 in midweek, and their visit will also see the first return of former Albion left-back Jim McNulty, who left the Seagulls to join the Tykes in the summer.

Keith Hill’s side have won three of their last six games, and currently sit 18th in the Championship table.

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