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Team news for Saturday afternoon's League One clash between Brighton and Hartlepool at the Withdean Stadium.

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Sparrow: Knee problem for Seagulls

Sparrow: Knee problem for Seagulls

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Matt Sparrow needs a fitness test ahead of Brighton's meeting with Hartlepool.

The midfielder was a late withdrawal from last week's win at Bristol Rovers after tweaking a knee ligament in training.

Striker Glenn Murray twisted his ankle on Tuesday but resumed training on Thursday and has been passed fit.

Manager Gus Poyet picked Murray alongside Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes in a bold three-man attack in Bristol and could be tempted to do so again after their 4-2 win.

Veteran midfielder Radostin Kishishev could miss out again with a back problem and Alan Navarro (cruciate), Jamie Smith (foot) and Jim McNulty (ankle) remain long-term absentees.

The Seagulls have lost just one of their last eight matches and lie three points clear at the top.

Hartlepool first-team coach Mick Wadsworth will again be without defender Neil Austin for the trip to the league leaders.

The right-back is still struggling with the calf injury he sustained in the 4-0 defeat at Oldham on February 1 which forced him out of the hard-fought 1-0 win over Colchester last weekend.

Pools have no fresh injury or suspension problems to contend with but Wadsworth has options available if he decides to change his starting line-up.

Winger Andy Monkhouse and striker Colin Larkin impressed after coming on as substitutes against the U's and the pair will be hoping to play more prominent roles against the Seagulls.

Loan striker Ryan Donaldson will also be hoping for a recall after scoring for the reserves against Grimsby in midweek.

Pools will be looking for a second successive win after ending their seven-game winless streak last weekend.

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