English League Championship

  • Sky Bet Ch'ship
  • 12 Jan 2013
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: Amex Stadium
Home team Score Away team

Brighton and Hove Albion

2-1

Derby County

Ashley Barnes 2
Andrea Orlandi 25
Jeff Hendrick 70

Brighton v Derby preview

Friday 11th January 2013 10:41

Bruno: Still absent for Brighton

Bruno: Still absent for Brighton

Brighton will again be without defenders Bruno and Inigo Calderon for Saturday's Championship clash with Derby at the Amex Stadium.

Bruno (Achilles) and Calderon (knee) are edging closer to fitness but will not be ready in time so midfielder David Lopez will continue to deputise at right-back.

Tomasz Kuszczak will return in goal in place of Casper Ankergren, but otherwise Gus Poyet could stick with the side which sank Newcastle in the FA Cup for the second year running.

Spanish playmaker Vicente has returned to training following a lengthy spell out with a thigh injury but he needs a reserve game first.

Derby are deciding whether to include Jamie Ward in the squad that travels to the south coast.

Ward, who has been struggling with a hamstring injury for the past three months, played for almost an hour in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday afternoon.

The diminutive forward suffered no ill-effects and trained on Wednesday. He will do so again on Friday, when manager Nigel Clough will make a decision on his inclusion.

"We'll see how he feels and then take a view with regards to him travelling," said the Rams boss. "We do have to take into account it might not be great for him travelling such a long distance on the team coach, but we'll be guided by how he feels."

Clough will definitely be without Craig Bryson, though, as the midfielder continues to struggle with a knee injury.

The Scot has been nursing the problem in recent weeks and has sat out the last three games.

Forwards Theo Robinson and Nathan Tyson staked their claims for recalls to the starting XI in midweek with two goals apiece in the behind-closed-doors friendly.

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