Brighton will welcome back goalkeeper Michel Kuipers for the home clash with high-flying Charlton.

The experienced stopper has been struggling with a groin injury sustained in the FA Cup first-round replay against Wycombe and has missed the last three games. However, he returned to light training last week and is now ready for action, meaning Graeme Smith is likely to drop to the bench.

Jim McNulty should be included in the squad following an ankle injury, but Colin Hawkins looks set to miss out again with an Achilles problem.

The Seagulls earned a third round FA Cup trip to either Stockport or Torquay after their late 3-2 win over Rushden & Diamonds at the weekend, but boss Gus Poyet was left far from happy with his side's defending.

And having made changes to his backline for Saturday's clash in the wake of Tuesday's 4-1 defeat at Norwich, Poyet has hinted at further alterations as he looks to shore things up at the back.

Charlton are also set to be boosted by the return of their number one goalkeeper Rob Elliot.

The 23-year-old stopper has been out since the end of October with a groin injury but has now recovered and will go straight into the starting XI after Carl Ikeme's loan deal ended last week.

Right-back Frazer Richardson has been struggling with a hamstring strain in recent weeks and will miss out once again, but boss Phil Parkinson has hinted that the former Leeds man is close to a return.

Defender Kelly Youga picked up an injury in the win over Bristol Rovers last time out and is rated at just 50-50 to make the Withdean clash.

Charlton go into the game on the back of a blank weekend after their first round FA Cup exit at the hands of Northwich.

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