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Macca set to miss home run at The Amex
ALBION expect Craig Mackail-Smith to miss an Amex double header.
The Championship leaders fear their leading marksman will be forced to sit out Saturday’s home match against Birmingham and the visit of Ipswich on Tuesday.
But Mackail-Smith should be back for the next away game on October 6 at Derby, where he scored the only goal last season.
The hamstring muscle damage suffered by Mackail-Smith in the first half of Saturday’s win at Millwall is not severe but enough to sideline him for ten days.
It is an inconvenience for the Seagulls, with their rejuvenated record buy in such hot form.
Mackail-Smith has scored in four of the last five games and six goals in total but manager Gus Poyet has options to cover his absence.
Ashley Barnes scored on his instant return to the starting line-up at Millwall and Stephen Dobbie is available for his full debut after coming through a run-out in the Development League on Monday night.
Either or both could start against Birmingham, with Barnes poised to resume penalty taking duties after Mackail-Smith struck from the spot at Watford last week while he was on the bench.