Football - Problems for Poyet

Brighton have problems in defence and attack ahead of the visit of derby rivals Crystal Palace.

PA Sport

Centre-half Adam El-Abd is suspended for collecting 10 yellow cards this season and full-backs Bruno and Wayne Bridge are carrying knocks.

Skipper Gordon Greer, who has been on the bench of late, will step in for El-Abd while Inigo Calderon comes in at right-back for calf injury-victim Bruno.

Left-back Bridge missed Tuesday night's defeat at Barnsley with a hamstring problem and faces a late check, with Marcos Painter recalled from his loan at Bournemouth as cover.

Up front, Craig Mackail-Smith (Achilles) and Will Hoskins (knee) are crocked and Ashley Barnes is suspended so Leonardo Ulloa is boss Gus Poyet's only recognised senior striker.

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