Crofts return boosts Poyet

  • Last Updated: October 10 2012, 15:39 BST

Gus Poyet believes fit-again Andrew Crofts will provide a major boost as Brighton head into an important run of fixtures.

Andrew Crofts: Close to return

The former Norwich midfielder has been sidelined since injuring his hamstring in the victory at Burnley in September, missing six of his side's 10 league matches.

However, despite the problem ruling Crofts out of Wales' upcoming World Cup qualifiers, Poyet expects him to return to action against Middlesbrough after the international break.

The visit of Tony Mowbray's side starts a run of four matches in 13 days, with the Seagulls also coming face-to-face with fellow npower Championship promotion hopefuls Leicester, Blackpool and Leeds.

Poyet told The Argus: "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."

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