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Team news ahead of Ipswich's Championship tussle with Brighton at Portman Road on Saturday.

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Teenage defender Reece Wabara could make his debut for the home side.

The right-back has arrived from Manchester City on a 93-day loan and will battle it out with Carlos Edwards for the nod.

On-loan striker Daryl Murphy remains a doubt having been withdrawn from the bench for Tuesday's last-gasp 1-0 victory at West Ham having sustained a hamstring problem in the warm-up at Upton Park. Nathan Ellington replaced him in the matchday 16.

Winger Lee Martin is now struggling with an eye complaint after overcoming a bout of tonsillitis and a three-match suspension.

But midfielder Mark Kennedy is back in training after his calf injury.

Manager Paul Jewell has kept faith with an unchanged XI for the last three matches which have seen Town take seven points from a possible nine in just nine days.

Brighton will be without Lewis Dunk when they travel to East Anglia.

The teenage defender serves a one-match ban after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season during Tuesday night's 3-1 defeat by derby rivals Crystal Palace.

With Tommy Elphick (Achilles) and Adam El-Abd (foot) still sidelined, boss Gus Poyet will turn to Steve Cook or Romain Vincelot to fill in at centre-half.

Youth product Cook made his first appearance of the season in the Carling Cup defeat by Liverpool last week and could be handed a full league debut, although the versatile Vincelot can also play in the centre.

Winger Will Buckley is the only other injury absentee with the hamstring problem he suffered against Liverpool.

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