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Team news ahead of Southampton's Championship clash with Brighton at St Mary's on Saturday.

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Hammond: Back for Saints

Hammond: Back for Saints

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Leaders Southampton have no new injury concerns.

Defenders Radhi Jaidi and Dan Seaborne are boss Nigel Adkins' only absentees.

Tunisian veteran Jaidi remains sidelined following a recent knee operation and fellow centre-half Seaborne is continuing his recovery from head injuries sustained in an assault in September.

Skipper Dean Hammond is expected to return in midfield after he was rested for the 4-2 win at Coventry last time out while striker Lee Barnard is pushing for a place in the squad having recovered from a long-term ankle injury.

Adkins loaned out strikers Jonathan Forte and Sam Hoskins and defender Jack Saville over the international break.

Brighton can welcome back a host of injured players.

Full-back Marcos Painter (leg), midfielders Vicente (thigh) and Gonzalo Jara Reyes (knee) and forward Will Hoskins (thigh) all missed the win over Barnsley a fortnight ago but are now available to boss Gus Poyet.

And defender Adam El-Abd, last season's player of the year, is also back in training for the first time this season after a long-term foot injury, although he is unlikely to be rushed into action.

Goalkeeper Steve Harper plays the final game of his month-long spell on loan from Newcastle, although Brighton hope to extend his stay.

Centre-half Tommy Elphick (Achilles) and midfielder Gary Dicker (broken leg) remain long-term absentees.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:15
Ipswich v Norwich
15:00
Blackburn v Bournemth
Brentford v Birmingham
Brighton v Bolton
Derby v Fulham
Huddersfld v Charlton
M'boro v Sheff Wed
Millwall v Rotherham
N Forest v Reading  
Watford v Leeds

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 3 3 7
2 Cardiff 3 3 7
3 Millwall 3 3 7
4 Charlton 3 2 7
5 Bournemth 3 4 6
6 Norwich 3 4 6
7 Watford 3 2 6
8 M'boro 3 2 6
9 Wolves 3 1 6
10 Sheff Wed 3 1 5
11 Ipswich 3 0 4
12 Reading 3 0 4
13 Brentford 3 0 4
14 Derby 3 0 4
15 Blackburn 3 -1 4
16 Birmingham 3 -1 4
17 Brighton 3 0 3
18 Rotherham 3 -2 3
19 Leeds 3 -3 3
20 Huddersfld 3 -5 3
21 Wigan 3 -2 1
22 Bolton 3 -4 1
23 Fulham 3 -3 0
24 Blackpool 3 -4 0

Updated Thu, 21 Aug 2014

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