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LOAN WATCH: Brighton boss Poyet expects Man City's Bridge to return this weekend

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet believes that Wayne Bridge should ease some injury woes the club is experiencing this weekend.

The 32-year old left-back, on a season-long loan from Manchester City, has missed the Seagulls' past four Championship matches because of a calf problem but Poyet suggests he could be back in action for the trip to Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Poyet has some key players injured at present, including defenders Marcos Painter and Adam El-Abd and midfielder Andrea Orlandi, but Bridge should be back soon to help ease the burden.

"Marcos Painter suffered a small tear in his calf during the week and we expect him to be out for two to three weeks, but you can never be sure nowadays," said Poyet.

"Wayne Bridge and Adam El-Abd were not ready (for the weekend's loss to Crystal Palace) so I could not play them, then when we needed a little help from Orlandi he had to go off injured. We think he has broken his rib.

"Wayne has the best chance of being ready for Saturday so we need to hope that the medical staff can produce something special this week.

"Unfortunately it's mainly the defenders who are injured and we need people to stand up now. We have a week to go until the next game and we need to relax and be ready."

Since his arrival from City in the summer, former Southampton and Chelsea defender Bridge has made 16 league appearances for Brighton, scoring two goals.

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