Brighton v Gillingham preview

Team news for Tuesday night's Carling Cup first-round clash between Brighton and Gillingham.

Last Updated: 08/08/11 at 17:53

Hessenthaler: Must do without Rooney

Hessenthaler: Must do without Rooney

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Brighton will check on Will Hoskins ahead of the visit of their old landlords Gillingham to the Amex Stadium.

The striker, a summer signing from Bristol Rovers, missed Saturday's dramatic win over Doncaster with a hip injury and faces a fitness test ahead of kick-off.

Player-coach Mauricio Taricco has been passed fit following a leg injury sustained in pre-season and could be involved.

Defensive duo Tommy Elphick (Achilles) and Adam El-Abd (foot) are still sidelined but should be back next month.

Boss Gus Poyet made wholesale changes for the cup competitions last season but has vowed to field a stronger side this time around.

Full-back Romain Vincelot, a substitute on Saturday, could make his debut.

Luke Rooney is suspended for Gillingham.

The midfielder had only been on the pitch for 23 minutes when he was sent off in the closing stages of Saturday's 1-0 victory over Cheltenham for a challenge on Brian Smikle.

Rooney will now miss the tie as he starts a three-match suspension.

Striker Adam Birchall (cruciate knee ligament) is ruled out for at least the opening few months of the season while fellow forward Dennis Oli missed the opening game of the season at the weekend with a virus and will again sit out against the Seagulls.

Gills boss Andy Hessenthaler told the club's official website: "We're taking it very seriously, it's a big game for us.

"The pressure is on Brighton. I'm really looking forward to the game and having won on Saturday we want to keep that momentum going on Tuesday night.

"We've got options in our squad so we could make changes but I'm not a massive fan of that. We can have seven subs so there will be a few more involved."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Capital One Cup Fixtures

There are no fixtures at present.

Footer 365

Wigan stun Norwich, Sharp inspires Leeds

Norwich's bid for a seventh successive Championship win was thwarted by a determined Wigan, while Leeds, Blackburn and Birmingham all won.

Newcastle 0-1 Man United: Evans and Cisse accused of spitting as visitors leave it late...

Manchester United nicked a 1-0 win at Newcastle but Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse were involved in an unsavoury incident.

Neville 'concerned' over Reds form

Gary Neville has admitted that he is "concerned" that a resurgent Liverpool could qualify for the Champions League ahead of Manchester United.

Mail Box

Look Away Now Please, Sherwood...

Sherwood's cringeworthiness, Matic's Wembley celebrations, why LVG must show balls - it's all here in your Wednesday afternoon Mailbox...

United's No 2 Isn't That Bad Either...

One mailboxer is getting in a flap about the claim Man Utd would struggle without De Dea, while there's some anger directed at Chelsea...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company