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Garcia to continue Albion squad rotation
OSCAR Garcia is poised to continue a squad rotation policy to help Albion cope with five games in the next fortnight, four of them away from home.
The head coach brought back Matt Upson for Lewis Dunk, Keith Andrews for Dale Stephens and left David Lopez out of his Championship squad for the first time this season against Ipswich.
The Seagulls' strength in depth will be tested by trips to Sheffield Wednesday, Blackburn Rovers, Barnsley and Leicester, a stamina-sapping sequence of fixtures interrupted by Middlesbrough's visit to the Amex on Saturday.
Oscar said: “We have a lot of games and we have to see how the players feels, how they train, if they are fit enough to play some games in a row.
“That's why we decided to change some players. It’s a problem for me to pick only 18 players, because all the players deserve to be in the squad.”
Albion seek a third successive away win at Hillsborough tomorrow night, a feat they last achieved 18 months ago.
Meanwhile, striker Craig Mackail-Smith is expected to continue his comeback from more than a year out of first team action with Achilles, ankle and groin injuries in the development team against QPR at the Amex tonight (7pm).
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