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Elphick poised for comeback
Tommy Elphick is in line for his comeback from a 14-month absence in Albion’s sold-out second pre-season friendly at Lewes tonight (7.45pm).
The centre-half missed the whole of last season with a ruptured Achilles, sustained in the final game of the 2010-11 campaign at Notts County.
Wayne Bridge’s first appearance for the Seagulls has been further delayed after the on-loan Manchester City full-back pulled out during the warm-up at Maidstone on Saturday due to groin tightness.
Boss Gus Poyet confirmed: “Bridgey won’t play. We will wait until the weekend so we don’t take a risk.”
Vicente ’s return to action is also on hold until the first team friendlies at Dorchester on Friday night and at Hastings the following afternoon.
Two entirely different teams will be fielded in those games, both bolstered by players from the development squad.
The development squad friendly at Dover, washed out on Saturday, has been rearranged for tonight (7.45pm).
Several trialists will be used by development squad chief Luke Williams over the course of pre-season, including 18-year-old Swiss striker Daniel Vogt-Longange, formerly with Italian club Monza.