Albion winger poised to make comeback

The Argus: Will Buckley could return from a hamstring injury against Port Vale on Saturday Will Buckley could return from a hamstring injury against Port Vale on Saturday

Will Buckley could be back in contention for Albion – and back on Sunderland’s radar.

The Seagulls hope to have Buckley available to help them wing their way through to the last 16 of the FA Cup.

Saturday’s tie at Port Vale has been earmarked as a possible return to action for Buckley from four weeks out with more hamstring trouble.

The right-winger’s latest injury, sustained in the victory at Blackpool, coincided with Sunderland mounting a bid to buy him for around £1.75 million.

The Black Cats’ former Albion boss Gus Poyet wants Buckley and Liam Bridcutt to help their fight for Premier League survival but the Seagulls have so far rejected their advances.

Buckley’s injury has put Sunderland’s interest in signing him on the backburner but his recovery is expected to re-ignite Poyet’s admiration for the 25-year-old he bought for Albion from Watford for £1 million three summers ago.

Buckley’s continuing absence together with Kazenga LuaLua, also the victim of a hamstring injury, deprived head coach Oscar Garcia of natural width and pace in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Derby County.

Buckley may not be risked from the start in the Potteries, so 19-year-old Solly March could make his full away debut against a stand-in after starring in the third round win against Reading at The Amex.

Carl Dickinson, Vale’s regular left-back, has been ruled out by a two-match ban for racing to ten bookings.

Oscar will have half an eye on next Tuesday’s Championship visit to Burnley, although the Spaniard's rotation options are now restricted by injuries and the sales of Ashley Barnes and Adam El-Abd.

A replay if required will take place at The Amex on Wednesday February 5, giving Albion an extra 24 hours to recover from their League trip to Watford the previous Sunday.

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6:23am Tue 21 Jan 14

kevbha says...

Has January the 5th already past or is it January 5th 2015
Has January the 5th already past or is it January 5th 2015 kevbha

7:09am Tue 21 Jan 14

impose our game gull says...

All good news - good to have Buckers back in and around though he's not been that impressive at all the last 3 - 4 matches he has played
All good news - good to have Buckers back in and around though he's not been that impressive at all the last 3 - 4 matches he has played impose our game gull

7:20am Tue 21 Jan 14

bbb1969 says...

Buckers has only shown glimpses of his form but is this due to having one eye on Sunderland. Can we afford to lose him? Yes if we use Solly March. We did lack width on Saturday and this meant straight high balls to the isolated Ulloa. When March was on he was having a shot that hit one of the players in front of goal.

Either way; should we be selling our wingers?
Buckers has only shown glimpses of his form but is this due to having one eye on Sunderland. Can we afford to lose him? Yes if we use Solly March. We did lack width on Saturday and this meant straight high balls to the isolated Ulloa. When March was on he was having a shot that hit one of the players in front of goal. Either way; should we be selling our wingers? bbb1969

7:31am Tue 21 Jan 14

Albion In Staffs says...

For the life of me, I can't think why GP would want him.
For the life of me, I can't think why GP would want him. Albion In Staffs

8:04am Tue 21 Jan 14

Albion fan in London says...

GREAT NEWS!!! Will Buckley is returning BUT he might be going to Sunderland as well. Keep up the good work!
GREAT NEWS!!! Will Buckley is returning BUT he might be going to Sunderland as well. Keep up the good work! Albion fan in London

8:16am Tue 21 Jan 14

Clean Sheet says...

Actually, I don't think anyone really knows if Sunderland is still interested. This is pure conjecture by the Argus, to encourage comment. Good news is Buckers is fit for the Albion. My guess is that March will start on Saturday with Buckers on the bench.
Actually, I don't think anyone really knows if Sunderland is still interested. This is pure conjecture by the Argus, to encourage comment. Good news is Buckers is fit for the Albion. My guess is that March will start on Saturday with Buckers on the bench. Clean Sheet

8:21am Tue 21 Jan 14

Alan G Skinner says...

All down to the board, he is under contract, a long contract, if we want him to stay, he stays, same with Bridcutt. Not the best story is it?
All down to the board, he is under contract, a long contract, if we want him to stay, he stays, same with Bridcutt. Not the best story is it? Alan G Skinner

8:28am Tue 21 Jan 14

kipper12 says...

as much as i like buckers as a player , im not sure that he is premiership quality ...... with him being so hamstring prone i dont think cashing in on him is such a bad idea ...... will show what a mug poyet really is !!!

so who's next for a bloody hamstring injury i wonder ?? thats all we have heard about for the past couple of seasons !!!!
UTA !!!
as much as i like buckers as a player , im not sure that he is premiership quality ...... with him being so hamstring prone i dont think cashing in on him is such a bad idea ...... will show what a mug poyet really is !!! so who's next for a bloody hamstring injury i wonder ?? thats all we have heard about for the past couple of seasons !!!! UTA !!! kipper12

8:40am Tue 21 Jan 14

seegull fly in sky says...

Blunkey um goe slumberland e want sea guss poyte no bryton na moor USB
Blunkey um goe slumberland e want sea guss poyte no bryton na moor USB seegull fly in sky

9:03am Tue 21 Jan 14

fratsomrover says...

Some good news at last. How we desperately need some pace and width to our attack. Buckley, at his best, is the best wide player in the division.
As for going to Sunderland, well I'm not so sure. Haven't they got a certain Adam Johnson who is playing that role with devastating effect at the moment. He's the only decent player they've got so I cant see Will going in and displacing him.
Some good news at last. How we desperately need some pace and width to our attack. Buckley, at his best, is the best wide player in the division. As for going to Sunderland, well I'm not so sure. Haven't they got a certain Adam Johnson who is playing that role with devastating effect at the moment. He's the only decent player they've got so I cant see Will going in and displacing him. fratsomrover

9:07am Tue 21 Jan 14

SeagullOverSelsey says...

impose our game gull wrote:
All good news - good to have Buckers back in and around though he's not been that impressive at all the last 3 - 4 matches he has played
I would go much further than that by saying when he has played he has not been the player he was since the last year or so!
[quote][p][bold]impose our game gull[/bold] wrote: All good news - good to have Buckers back in and around though he's not been that impressive at all the last 3 - 4 matches he has played[/p][/quote]I would go much further than that by saying when he has played he has not been the player he was since the last year or so! SeagullOverSelsey

9:10am Tue 21 Jan 14

russellsnr2 says...

seegull fly in sky wrote:
Blunkey um goe slumberland e want sea guss poyte no bryton na moor USB
Agree with every word
After translation;- Blindly he goes Sunderland as he wishes to see Guss Poyet and not stay at Brighton any more.

So in reply;- Ee na wint ta go slumberland Ee apy wer Ee as.
[quote][p][bold]seegull fly in sky[/bold] wrote: Blunkey um goe slumberland e want sea guss poyte no bryton na moor USB[/p][/quote]Agree with every word After translation;- Blindly he goes Sunderland as he wishes to see Guss Poyet and not stay at Brighton any more. So in reply;- Ee na wint ta go slumberland Ee apy wer Ee as. russellsnr2

9:15am Tue 21 Jan 14

Albion In Staffs says...

russellsnr2 wrote:
seegull fly in sky wrote:
Blunkey um goe slumberland e want sea guss poyte no bryton na moor USB
Agree with every word
After translation;- Blindly he goes Sunderland as he wishes to see Guss Poyet and not stay at Brighton any more.

So in reply;- Ee na wint ta go slumberland Ee apy wer Ee as.
Oh dear.
Please, do not feed the animals.
[quote][p][bold]russellsnr2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]seegull fly in sky[/bold] wrote: Blunkey um goe slumberland e want sea guss poyte no bryton na moor USB[/p][/quote]Agree with every word After translation;- Blindly he goes Sunderland as he wishes to see Guss Poyet and not stay at Brighton any more. So in reply;- Ee na wint ta go slumberland Ee apy wer Ee as.[/p][/quote]Oh dear. Please, do not feed the animals. Albion In Staffs

9:21am Tue 21 Jan 14

Baldseagull says...

I do not like the January window, but I can see some valid reasons for it, I would like to see it shortened to 2 weeks though. We get a couple of weeks of papers talking up moves before the window opens, then a month of will he wont he stuff, and then 75% of the deals done, conclude in the last 2 days.

In fact, even after it closed last season we effectively sold Dobbie to Palace, he went in the loan window for the rest of the season with a purchase in the close season already agreed. So we could still be sweating on Bridcutt potentially for another month.
Gus is loving this I bet.
I do not like the January window, but I can see some valid reasons for it, I would like to see it shortened to 2 weeks though. We get a couple of weeks of papers talking up moves before the window opens, then a month of will he wont he stuff, and then 75% of the deals done, conclude in the last 2 days. In fact, even after it closed last season we effectively sold Dobbie to Palace, he went in the loan window for the rest of the season with a purchase in the close season already agreed. So we could still be sweating on Bridcutt potentially for another month. Gus is loving this I bet. Baldseagull

9:35am Tue 21 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

bbb1969 wrote:
Buckers has only shown glimpses of his form but is this due to having one eye on Sunderland. Can we afford to lose him? Yes if we use Solly March. We did lack width on Saturday and this meant straight high balls to the isolated Ulloa. When March was on he was having a shot that hit one of the players in front of goal.

Either way; should we be selling our wingers?
? How many games has he played in since Sunderland's bid? Not how it could have affected his form before then either.
[quote][p][bold]bbb1969[/bold] wrote: Buckers has only shown glimpses of his form but is this due to having one eye on Sunderland. Can we afford to lose him? Yes if we use Solly March. We did lack width on Saturday and this meant straight high balls to the isolated Ulloa. When March was on he was having a shot that hit one of the players in front of goal. Either way; should we be selling our wingers?[/p][/quote]? How many games has he played in since Sunderland's bid? Not how it could have affected his form before then either. Ex-pat Arnie

10:18am Tue 21 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

kipper12 wrote:
as much as i like buckers as a player , im not sure that he is premiership quality ...... with him being so hamstring prone i dont think cashing in on him is such a bad idea ...... will show what a mug poyet really is !!!

so who's next for a bloody hamstring injury i wonder ?? thats all we have heard about for the past couple of seasons !!!!
UTA !!!
Be fair though, almost all of the hamstring injuries have been to Buckley or LuaLua, players with known weaknesses in that area.
[quote][p][bold]kipper12[/bold] wrote: as much as i like buckers as a player , im not sure that he is premiership quality ...... with him being so hamstring prone i dont think cashing in on him is such a bad idea ...... will show what a mug poyet really is !!! so who's next for a bloody hamstring injury i wonder ?? thats all we have heard about for the past couple of seasons !!!! UTA !!![/p][/quote]Be fair though, almost all of the hamstring injuries have been to Buckley or LuaLua, players with known weaknesses in that area. Ex-pat Arnie

11:03am Tue 21 Jan 14

kipper12 says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
kipper12 wrote:
as much as i like buckers as a player , im not sure that he is premiership quality ...... with him being so hamstring prone i dont think cashing in on him is such a bad idea ...... will show what a mug poyet really is !!!

so who's next for a bloody hamstring injury i wonder ?? thats all we have heard about for the past couple of seasons !!!!
UTA !!!
Be fair though, almost all of the hamstring injuries have been to Buckley or LuaLua, players with known weaknesses in that area.
in the past two seasons we have seen lua lua more than once , buckley more than once, bruno more than once , crofts , bridge , orlandi ,ward , and no doubt others too that have suffered from hamstring trouble .......

is it the way they are asked to train or is it the difference between the crappy training pitches and the amex surface ???
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kipper12[/bold] wrote: as much as i like buckers as a player , im not sure that he is premiership quality ...... with him being so hamstring prone i dont think cashing in on him is such a bad idea ...... will show what a mug poyet really is !!! so who's next for a bloody hamstring injury i wonder ?? thats all we have heard about for the past couple of seasons !!!! UTA !!![/p][/quote]Be fair though, almost all of the hamstring injuries have been to Buckley or LuaLua, players with known weaknesses in that area.[/p][/quote]in the past two seasons we have seen lua lua more than once , buckley more than once, bruno more than once , crofts , bridge , orlandi ,ward , and no doubt others too that have suffered from hamstring trouble ....... is it the way they are asked to train or is it the difference between the crappy training pitches and the amex surface ??? kipper12

11:18am Tue 21 Jan 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

This is good news.
Welcome back Will. UTA
This is good news. Welcome back Will. UTA Joel'sGrandad

12:43pm Tue 21 Jan 14

RobD21 says...

I just don't understand why we haven't gone back in for Conway yet? He was exactly what we needed last Saturday and only got better and better in his games for us. Sign him up!!
I just don't understand why we haven't gone back in for Conway yet? He was exactly what we needed last Saturday and only got better and better in his games for us. Sign him up!! RobD21

1:26pm Tue 21 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

Baldseagull wrote:
I do not like the January window, but I can see some valid reasons for it, I would like to see it shortened to 2 weeks though. We get a couple of weeks of papers talking up moves before the window opens, then a month of will he wont he stuff, and then 75% of the deals done, conclude in the last 2 days.

In fact, even after it closed last season we effectively sold Dobbie to Palace, he went in the loan window for the rest of the season with a purchase in the close season already agreed. So we could still be sweating on Bridcutt potentially for another month.
Gus is loving this I bet.
I would like to see this window done away with. I would add maybe a week to the summer window but allow loan deals to be made at any time thru the season. I would however, stipulate that all loan deals must be for a minimum period of three months, thus stopping any club from adding a player to the promotion/relegation challenge 3 or 4 weeks before the end of the season.
[quote][p][bold]Baldseagull[/bold] wrote: I do not like the January window, but I can see some valid reasons for it, I would like to see it shortened to 2 weeks though. We get a couple of weeks of papers talking up moves before the window opens, then a month of will he wont he stuff, and then 75% of the deals done, conclude in the last 2 days. In fact, even after it closed last season we effectively sold Dobbie to Palace, he went in the loan window for the rest of the season with a purchase in the close season already agreed. So we could still be sweating on Bridcutt potentially for another month. Gus is loving this I bet.[/p][/quote]I would like to see this window done away with. I would add maybe a week to the summer window but allow loan deals to be made at any time thru the season. I would however, stipulate that all loan deals must be for a minimum period of three months, thus stopping any club from adding a player to the promotion/relegation challenge 3 or 4 weeks before the end of the season. VegasSeagull

1:29pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Gee Jay says...

RobD21 wrote:
I just don't understand why we haven't gone back in for Conway yet? He was exactly what we needed last Saturday and only got better and better in his games for us. Sign him up!!
Agreed.
Conway was really 'cutting it' in his last few games, and if we manage to get Mason as well, we will have a ready made pairing of players who know each other's game.
We were missing the final passes and finisher on Saturday, we missed Kaz running at them and cutting around their defence.
[quote][p][bold]RobD21[/bold] wrote: I just don't understand why we haven't gone back in for Conway yet? He was exactly what we needed last Saturday and only got better and better in his games for us. Sign him up!![/p][/quote]Agreed. Conway was really 'cutting it' in his last few games, and if we manage to get Mason as well, we will have a ready made pairing of players who know each other's game. We were missing the final passes and finisher on Saturday, we missed Kaz running at them and cutting around their defence. Gee Jay

1:52pm Tue 21 Jan 14

bbb1969 says...

seegull fly in sky wrote:
Blunkey um goe slumberland e want sea guss poyte no bryton na moor USB
Gus Poyte gor foth um muwtipwy. Did not reelwise um spekking Klingon um thes fourom
[quote][p][bold]seegull fly in sky[/bold] wrote: Blunkey um goe slumberland e want sea guss poyte no bryton na moor USB[/p][/quote]Gus Poyte gor foth um muwtipwy. Did not reelwise um spekking Klingon um thes fourom bbb1969

1:59pm Tue 21 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

kipper12 wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
kipper12 wrote:
as much as i like buckers as a player , im not sure that he is premiership quality ...... with him being so hamstring prone i dont think cashing in on him is such a bad idea ...... will show what a mug poyet really is !!!

so who's next for a bloody hamstring injury i wonder ?? thats all we have heard about for the past couple of seasons !!!!
UTA !!!
Be fair though, almost all of the hamstring injuries have been to Buckley or LuaLua, players with known weaknesses in that area.
in the past two seasons we have seen lua lua more than once , buckley more than once, bruno more than once , crofts , bridge , orlandi ,ward , and no doubt others too that have suffered from hamstring trouble .......

is it the way they are asked to train or is it the difference between the crappy training pitches and the amex surface ???
A ham string injury is brought about by over stretching the muscle, over extension, this injury happens on grass, artificial grass, clay and on the running track, it's not the surface, it's the action that causes the injury.
[quote][p][bold]kipper12[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kipper12[/bold] wrote: as much as i like buckers as a player , im not sure that he is premiership quality ...... with him being so hamstring prone i dont think cashing in on him is such a bad idea ...... will show what a mug poyet really is !!! so who's next for a bloody hamstring injury i wonder ?? thats all we have heard about for the past couple of seasons !!!! UTA !!![/p][/quote]Be fair though, almost all of the hamstring injuries have been to Buckley or LuaLua, players with known weaknesses in that area.[/p][/quote]in the past two seasons we have seen lua lua more than once , buckley more than once, bruno more than once , crofts , bridge , orlandi ,ward , and no doubt others too that have suffered from hamstring trouble ....... is it the way they are asked to train or is it the difference between the crappy training pitches and the amex surface ???[/p][/quote]A ham string injury is brought about by over stretching the muscle, over extension, this injury happens on grass, artificial grass, clay and on the running track, it's not the surface, it's the action that causes the injury. VegasSeagull

2:09pm Tue 21 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

RobD21 wrote:
I just don't understand why we haven't gone back in for Conway yet? He was exactly what we needed last Saturday and only got better and better in his games for us. Sign him up!!
Rob it might be that the new management team want to keep him, keep him until the end of the season that is. It might be that Cardiff want too much money for him, or perhaps he wants to much in wages from us or a longer contract that we want to offer. I would guess that tentative talks have taken place, but nothing formal, as of yet. I have predicted that we will sign two players before this week is out, Conway is one that I am hoping for and with Barnes now gone, I think we will step up our interest in the lad, I just hope that Cardiff don't try to rip us off and kill the deal.
[quote][p][bold]RobD21[/bold] wrote: I just don't understand why we haven't gone back in for Conway yet? He was exactly what we needed last Saturday and only got better and better in his games for us. Sign him up!![/p][/quote]Rob it might be that the new management team want to keep him, keep him until the end of the season that is. It might be that Cardiff want too much money for him, or perhaps he wants to much in wages from us or a longer contract that we want to offer. I would guess that tentative talks have taken place, but nothing formal, as of yet. I have predicted that we will sign two players before this week is out, Conway is one that I am hoping for and with Barnes now gone, I think we will step up our interest in the lad, I just hope that Cardiff don't try to rip us off and kill the deal. VegasSeagull

5:35pm Tue 21 Jan 14

albion64 says...

seegull fly in sky wrote:
Blunkey um goe slumberland e want sea guss poyte no bryton na moor USB
Come on TONY PULIS are you that bored? Is your Palarce site that bad, you have to post on ours with two accounts?
[quote][p][bold]seegull fly in sky[/bold] wrote: Blunkey um goe slumberland e want sea guss poyte no bryton na moor USB[/p][/quote]Come on TONY PULIS are you that bored? Is your Palarce site that bad, you have to post on ours with two accounts? albion64

5:37pm Tue 21 Jan 14

albion64 says...

Great, we'll see him for a game and a half, then he'll be injured again. Can't wait!!
Great, we'll see him for a game and a half, then he'll be injured again. Can't wait!! albion64

5:39pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Vince says...

When Buckley was playing very week, with CMS and later Ulloa, with fullbacks Bruno and Wayne Bridge pushing up in support and Orlandi and somtimes Vicente linking play from midfield we played some great attacking football. Buckley was on fire in those days. This season, with all the injuries, including his own, Buckley just hasn't got going yet. Despite this he has still showed his speed and class - and is definitely, IMHO, very much a player who could excel in the Premiership. Just remember the way he outstripped virtually the whole Newcastle defence in the 1-0 FA CUP 4TH ROUND win over the Geordies 2 years ago.
When Buckley was playing very week, with CMS and later Ulloa, with fullbacks Bruno and Wayne Bridge pushing up in support and Orlandi and somtimes Vicente linking play from midfield we played some great attacking football. Buckley was on fire in those days. This season, with all the injuries, including his own, Buckley just hasn't got going yet. Despite this he has still showed his speed and class - and is definitely, IMHO, very much a player who could excel in the Premiership. Just remember the way he outstripped virtually the whole Newcastle defence in the 1-0 FA CUP 4TH ROUND win over the Geordies 2 years ago. Vince

5:42pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Vince says...

Further to my last post,

DO NOT LET POYET GET BUCKLEY for anything less than £5m!!!!!!

Remember, Poyet said he was just as good, better even, than Zaha!!!!!
WORTH £10M GUS SAID!!!
Further to my last post, DO NOT LET POYET GET BUCKLEY for anything less than £5m!!!!!! Remember, Poyet said he was just as good, better even, than Zaha!!!!! WORTH £10M GUS SAID!!! Vince

9:41pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Tony the tiger eastbourne says...

seegull fly in sky wrote:
Blunkey um goe slumberland e want sea guss poyte no bryton na moor USB
Your a total k**b!!! No ones that interested in the twoddle yiu dish up!! Learn to spell for one thing!
[quote][p][bold]seegull fly in sky[/bold] wrote: Blunkey um goe slumberland e want sea guss poyte no bryton na moor USB[/p][/quote]Your a total k**b!!! No ones that interested in the twoddle yiu dish up!! Learn to spell for one thing! Tony the tiger eastbourne

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