English League Championship

  • Sky Bet Ch'ship
  • 19 Jan 2013
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: St Andrews Stadium
Home team Score Away team

Birmingham City


Brighton and Hove Albion

Steven Caldwell 18
Nikola Zigic 90+2
Ashley Barnes 24
David Lopez 43

Birmingham v Brighton preview

Friday 18th January 2013 12:25

Hayden Mullins: Hopes to return after calf problem

Hayden Mullins: Hopes to return after calf problem

Birmingham hope to welcome back Callum Reilly and Hayden Mullins for the visit of Brighton.

Reilly missed Tuesday's FA Cup exit at the hands of Leeds due to a virus which threatened his involvement at Huddersfield last weekend and eventually forced him off at half-time.

Fellow midfielder Mullins has sat out the club's last four matches with a calf problem.

On-loan winger Robert Hall is definitely back in the fold having been denied permission to play in the FA Cup by parent club West Ham.

But Jonathan Spector continues to be ruled out with his hamstring injury, and the American is again joined on the sidelines by Akwasi Asante, Darren Ambrose, David Murphy, Stephen Carr and Will Packwood.

Brighton hope to add Leonardo Ulloa to their squad.

Boss Gus Poyet has snapped up the Argentine striker from Spanish La Liga side Almeria for an undisclosed fee, but the Seagulls are awaiting international clearance.

Assuming it comes through Ulloa is likely to start his Albion career on the bench.

Fellow forward Craig Mackail-Smith should be fit after missing last Saturday's 2-1 win over Derby as a precaution due to a tight hamstring.

But defender Bruno looks set to miss out for the fourth match running due to an Achilles problem, with fellow Spaniard Inigo Calderon set to deputise once again after he overcame a knee injury to face the Rams.



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