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Albion get firepower boost as promotion race hots up
5:00am Monday 21st April 2014 in Sport
ALBION are poised for a firepower boost in their pursuit of promotion and a place in the Premier League.
Right-back Bruno equalised late on at Huddersfield on Friday with Albion's 50th goal of the campaign, the lowest total of any team outside the bottom six.
Oscar Garcia's side have improved their record by scoring 11 times during a five-match unbeaten run and the Spaniard's attacking options could be further increased by a return to contention for Will Buckley and Will Hoskins.
Craig Mackail-Smith has already provided a comeback tonic. He helped Albion rescue a point at Huddersfield after joining leading marksman Leo Ulloa for his third and longest substitute appearance since 13 months out with Achilles and ankle injuries.
Oscar's No. 2 Nathan Jones said: "We're hoping we'll have more options for selection, which will stand us in good stead.
"We have got some real quality to come in. It's great to see Mackail-Smith back, great to see Hoskins back in the squad as well. They are going to be important in terms of the run-in."
Hoskins has not made a first team appearance for 14 months after double knee surgery. Winger Buckley, meanwhile, is on the brink of his latest return from a recurrence of hamstring trouble, which has sidelined him since the home defeat by Middlesbrough at the end of last month.
The Seagulls could be further boosted for Blackpool's visit today by the return of Matt Upson after injury ruled out the 35-year-old former England centre-half at Huddersfield.
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