Dean Hammond insists there will be no holding back if he makes a quick comeback for Albion.

The nine-goal midfielder is winning his battle to return to action against Carlisle tomorrow after a stomach bug which ruled him out of the Boxing Day defeat to Yeovil.

Albion missed Hammond's energy in that game and he is ready to get stuck in tomorrow, even though a booking would mean him missing the FA Cup trip to West Ham a week later.

Hammond, who is due to step up training today, said: "If I'm selected I won't be jumping out of any tackles, don't worry about that.

"If I miss the West Ham game, I miss it. It doesn't matter. You just have to concentrate on the next game you are playing in."

Hammond, who fell ill on Christmas Day afternoon, did a warm-up and light work with a ball yesterday and is building himself back up to full strength.

He said: "I think I have recovered pretty well.

"I lost a few pounds in weight but I've started eating again. Fingers crossed I'll be fit."

Dean Wilkins looks like being without centreback Adam Hinshelwood (knee) and has seen rightback Andrew Whing return to Coventry.

But he believes Hammond will be back in action for at least part of the match.

The Seagulls boss said: "It's down to how Dean feels. I am sure he will be available for Saturday but it is just how big a part he plays."