Gillingham boss Mark Stimson is facing a defensive headache as he prepares his team for the visit of Brighton.

Stimson lost two central defenders in the form of Garry Richards (ankle) and Darren Dennehy (concussion) in Saturday`s 4-0 loss at Millwall, meaning he will be forced to shuffle his pack.

Josh Gowling is likely to come in and Mark Bentley could be pressed into action in the Gills backline, although Simon King will play no part after he was ruled out for the season with ankle ligament damage.

Top-scorer Simeon Jackson also picked up a knock in the loss at the New Den and he will undergo a late fitness test on a dead leg.

That means Dennis Oli - who made the bench at the weekend - could return to the starting line-up after recovering from a hip flexor strain.

Lee Hendrie will start for Brighton when they head back to their old digs.

Former Aston Villa midfielder Hendrie came off the bench to set up the Seagulls' goal in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Carlisle and boss Gus Poyet plans to put him back in the starting line-up.

Striker Glenn Murray should also go straight back into the team after completing a two-match suspension.

Defenders Marcos Painter (knee) and Colin Hawkins (heel), goalkeeper Michel Kuipers (broken finger) and forward Gary Hart (back) are still missing.

Centre-half James Tunnicliffe could be added to the squad after returning from his loan spell at MK Dons.

The trip brings back unhappy memories for Albion fans after the club were forced to play their home games at the Priestfield Stadium for two years after their Goldstone Ground was sold off.

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