Seagulls stopper set to return

Date published: Friday 4th December 2009 10:39

The former Dutch marine missed the last four games with a groin injury but has resumed training and should replace Graeme Smith, who let in 11 goals in his absence.

Striker Gary Hart has been suffering with a hamstring problem this week but is expected to resume training before Saturday and winger Kevin McLeod has shaken off the knock which kept him out of Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat by Charlton.

Defender Colin Hawkins is therefore the only definite injury absentee with his ongoing Achilles problem.

Boss Gus Poyet this week allowed loan duo Arron Davies and Matt Thornhill to return to Nottingham Forest and has also taken former Swindon goalkeeper Peter Brezovan on trial.

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