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Dobbie on stand-by as CMS doubts grow
Stephen Dobbie is on stand-by for his first start for Albion after an outing in the Development League last night.
The deadline day signing from Swansea could replace Craig Mackail-Smith against Birmingham at The Amex on Saturday (5.30pm) if Albion’s top scorer fails to recover from a hamstring injury.
The Seagulls are waiting for the final results of tests on the damage Mackail-Smith sustained in the first half of Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Millwall.
Boss Gus Poyet said: “We don’t have the final report but he has got something in the hamstring. We don’t know the extent of it, so we’ll see.
“They have done the tests. It’s about how big it is and how long it will take.”
Bruno has more chance of being fit for Birmingham’s visit. The Spanish right-back did not re-appear for the second half at Millwall, because of a groin injury.
Poyet said: “Bruno is better. It doesn’t look like a muscle injury, so it will depend on how he recovers. He has got a big chance to be ready for Saturday.
“Macca is a bit more doubtful, because of how the pain came. Bruno didn’t feel anything sharp or bad. When we checked him at half-time there were a few movements he couldn’t do properly, because of the pain.
“Macca was different. He felt something in one moment, which meant it had to be a muscle injury. Saying that he made a run afterwards, which is good news, but let's wait for the final report.”
Andrew Crofts was not quite fit for the Millwall match but Poyet has confirmed the Welsh international midfielder will definitely be available for Birmingham after four weeks out with hamstring trouble.
Dobbie, restricted to a couple of brief substitute appearances since he signed, set up the first two goals in a 6-2 romp for the Seagulls' development team against Colchester at Lancing before he was substituted 16 minutes from time.
Dobbie was the instigator again of a 25th minute move which ended with Charlie Oatway Junior heading in a George Barker cross to put Albion 2-1 up.
Toby Agdestein (39), Oatway Jnr (67) and Barker (84 and 88) completed the scoring, with Freddie Ladapo (17) and sub Macauley Bonne (80) replying for Colchester.
Albion (4-1-2-3): Ankergren; Sampayo, Dunk, Jones (Akubuine 18), Painter; Rodgers; Oatway, March; Agdestein, Dobbie (Dickenson 74), Barker. Subs not used: Richards, East, Goodwin.