Dicker and Painter on course for end of season comeback

Brighton are close to being back to full strength after long-term absentees Gary Dicker and Marcos Painter came through a reserve team run-out unscathed.

Influential Irish midfield string-puller Dicker has been out of action for five months after breaking a leg during a match earlier in the season and the Seagulls have missed his composure in the centre of the park.

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Earlier this week though Dicker, and left back Painter, both managed 45 minutes during an encouraging 4v1 friendly win over a Tottenham Hotspurs team.

Brighton’s goals came from Roland Bergkamp, young goal-grabber George Baker and double from Seagulls starlet Jake Forster-Caskey.

Only former player of the year Tommy Elphick remains on the long-term injured list at the Amex, as Gus Poyet prepares his charges for an end of season play off push.