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Taricco: Returns to Seagulls bench

Taricco: Returns to Seagulls bench

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Mauricio Taricco will return to his role as Gus Poyet's assistant when Brighton host Bristol Rovers.

Former Tottenham defender Taricco played his first competitive match in six years in Tuesday night's FA Cup replay at Woking, and was sent off in extra time before the Seagulls squeezed through on penalties.

Taricco, therefore, serves a one-match ban while midfielder Liam Bridcutt is halfway through a three-match suspension following his red card at Hartlepool last weekend.

Manager Poyet is looking for a loan replacement for broken ankle victim Kazenga LuaLua but may not be able to get one in time.

Goalkeeper Casper Ankergren, defenders Adam El-Abd and Marcos Painter and striker Glenn Murray were rested in midweek and are expected to be recalled.

Bristol Rovers manager Paul Trollope will be without suspended defender Carl Regan for the trip to the league leaders.

Regan was sent off in the Pirates' 3-0 defeat to Leyton Orient last weekend and serves the first game of his three-match suspension, while fellow loanee defender James Tunnicliffe is unavailable to play against his parent club.

Trollope will have to shuffle his backline in the pair's absence, with Byron Anthony, Jeff Hughes and Gary Sawyer all likely to adopt roles in the Rovers defence.

Will Hoskins is still sidelined with an ankle injury and needs at least another three weeks to regain his fitness while Charlie Reece is also unavailable due to a back injury.

On-loan striker John Akinde is a major doubt for the trip with an ankle problem.

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