Albion have turned to youth on several occasions already this season, with Oscar Garcia's resources ravaged by injuries.

  Jake Forster-Caskey, Rohan Ince and Vitalijs Maksimenko have all started matches for the Seagulls.

  Now, with the casualty list mounting, Solly March has an opportunity for more game time.

  The gifted teenager will probably not start against Blackburn Rovers at The Amex on Saturday.

  The Seagulls are more likely to compensate for the loss of the hamstrung Will Buckley by deploying David Lopez wide on the right.

  Oscar's fellow Spaniard, not a natural winger, has been used in that role before but there is a good chance that March will, at some stage, get more minutes than he has managed so far at The Amex.

  March has been a regular on the bench for the first team since an eyecatching strike from 25 yards in the Seagulls' closing pre-season friendly at home to Norwich in August.

  That spectacular goal, cutting in from the right flank onto his favoured left foot, emphasised March's versatility.

  His long-term future is probably as an attacking central midfielder, a position he normally occupies for the development team.

  The 19-year-old did that job for 45 minutes against Cardiff at Lancing on Monday evening before he was substituted.

  March was not injured. The half-an-outing was pre-planned, which suggests he could have a part to play against Blackburn.


  Oscar's assistant Nathan Jones, who was at Lancing on Monday night to watch Albion's next generation, said: "If I was a young player at the club I would be thinking if I train well and graft I might get a chance here, because of the depletion of the squad.

  "Jake has done fantastically well, Rohan has done really well when he has been involved as well. They are in and around it. It's up to them to stake a claim."