December 22, 2012



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15:00 +00:00, December 22, 2012

Ewood Park, England

Rovers wait on captain's comeback

Team Stat Comparison

Blackburn Rovers Brighton & Hove Albion
Matches Played 46 46
Table Position 17 4
Points 58 75
Goal Difference -7 26
Goals for * 1.2 1.3
Goals against * 1.0 1.1
Last 5 D-D-W-L-W L-D-W-W-W
Last 5 home D-W-W-D-D L-W-W-D-D
Last 5 away D-W-L-L-L D-W-D-W-D
*  Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club
Stats: Blackburn Rovers | Brighton & Hove Albion

Competition Stats

Blackburn Rovers Brighton & Hove Albion
Goals Jordan Rhodes 27 Craig Mackail-Smith 11
Assists Morten Gamst Pedersen 7 Andrea Stabilin Orlandi 11
Yellows Colin Kazim-Richards 10 Liam Bridcutt 11
Reds Leon Best 1 Ashley Barnes 2
Squads: Blackburn Rovers | Brighton & Hove Albion

Next Matches

Blackburn Rovers Brighton & Hove Albion
4/21 A: Birmingham City 4/21 H: Blackpool
4/26 A: Charlton Athletic 4/25 H: Yeovil Town
5/3 H: Wigan Athletic 5/3 A: Nottingham Forest

Blackburn captain Danny Murphy could be ready to return when Brighton visit Ewood Park.

Murphy has not featured for Rovers since suffering a hamstring strain in the 1-1 derby draw with Burnley at the start of this month.

"Danny Murphy trained (on Thursday) so we'll see how he is, but he ended the training session fine so he could be on his way back,'' said boss Henning Berg.

Fellow midfield veteran David Dunn is also pushing for greater involvement having been restricted in recent weeks as he looks to make a full recovery from a calf problem.

Berg added: "David Dunn is coming on, he's been in light training and this is maybe the first proper week that he has had training.

"With his record in terms of injuries you have to be a little bit careful with him but it's good to have him back training with everybody full-time and, of course, he is a player who can do a little bit extra when he gets the chance.''

Markus Olsson is available once more after being struck down by illness ahead of last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Blackpool, where Jake Kean was a surprise inclusion in place of Paul Robinson in goal.

Berg will be unable to call on wingers Mauro Formica (foot) and Fabio Nunes (hamstring) as he looks to end a dismal run of one point from the last five matches.

Brighton have problems in defence ahead of the trip.

Full-backs Bruno (Achilles), Inigo Calderon (knee) and Marcos Painter (calf) are all expected to miss out at Ewood Park, so centre-half Adam El-Abd looks set to deputise at right-back.

Gary Dicker (knee) and Andrea Orlandi (rib) are also likely to sit out again.

Fellow midfielder Liam Bridcutt was withdrawn during the second half of the 2-2 draw with Millwall on Tuesday night but manager Gus Poyet confirmed that was only as a precaution.

Winger Kazenga LuaLua has scored two goals in three substitute appearances and is pushing to make his first start since October.

Will Hoskins could also return to the starting line-up after dropping to the bench in midweek.