Loan striker Chris Wood has been sent straight into the Albion strikeforce.

The New Zealand international, brought in from West Bromwich Albion this week, joins Ashley Barnes in attack as the Seagulls take on Bristol Rovers at Withdean today.

Agustin Battipiedi is a surprise starter in midfield as Albion make two changes from the side which lost at Hartlepool in their last League One outing.

Former Spurs academy midfielder Yaser Kasim, signed on a short term deal last month, is on the bench.

Liam Bridcutt is banned and Kazenga LuaLua injured while a recurrence of groin trouble rules out Matt Sparrow, who played 120 minutes at Woking on Tuesday.

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Albion: Ankergren; Calderon, Greer, El-Abd, Painter; Kishishev, Battipiedi, Dicker, Bennett; Wood, Barnes. Subs: Brezovan, Elphick, Baz, Hart, Smith, Kasim, Murray.

Rovers: Andersen; Anthony, Coles, Sawyer, Hughes; Brown, Campbell, Lines, Swallow; Akinde, Kuffour. Subs: Green, Clough, Pell, Jefferies, Richards, Powell, Hoskins.

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire)