Brighton boss Gus Poyet reckons return of Andrew Crofts will boost promotion hopes

Andrew Crofts: Brighton midfielder set to make his return from injury

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Brighton boss Gus Poyet reckons the return of Andrew Crofts could be a key factor in maintaining the team's promotion hopes.

The Wales international has been out of action since sustaining a hamstring injury during the victory at Burnley in September.

Crofts has missed six of Albion's 10 league matches and has also been ruled out of his country's World Cup qualifiers against Scotland and Croatia.

But the former Norwich midfielder is expected to return to action after the international break in time for Albion's run of four matches in 13 days against Middlesbrough, Leicester, Blackpool and Leeds.

Poyet said: "He has never been injured like that before and maybe, because of the type of player Crofty is, he pushed it a little bit too much.

"I am looking forward to seeing him back, because he is totally different to what we have. If you need a goal he will give you a header, he will give you power.

"There are plenty of things he is going to give us, like also the experience of playing in the Premier League."