Middlesbrough v Brighton preview: Jurgen Locadia out for Seagulls
Last Updated: 27/01/18 2:48pm
Brighton's club-record signing Jurgen Locadia will not be available to make his debut in the FA Cup fourth-round clash with Middlesbrough.
The 24-year-old joined the Seagulls last week in a £14.1m deal from PSV Eindhoven.
However, he has been out with a hamstring injury and manager Chris Hughton does not intend to him rush back.
"We're expecting him to be fit in a couple of weeks," he said. "As regards settling in, he's settled in very well. The work that he has done with our medical department outside, he's done some really good work.
"For as quickly as we want to get him back, we've got to make sure that it's right."
Brighton face a crucial run of Premier League fixtures against Southampton, West Ham, Stoke and Swansea after this weekend.
Middlesbrough are eighth in the Championship and have won three of their last four matches, including a 3-0 victory at QPR last time out.
Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis has no fresh injury concerns, but is set to make changes.
Pulis said on Friday that there will be "two players starting who haven't started a game for me yet".
Steve Sidwell remains the only long-term absentee for Brighton, while Locadia is still recovering from a hamstring injury.
These two sides have been drawn together just once previously in the FA Cup, a second-round tie in 1906, with Middlesbrough eventually winning a second replay after the first two games ended 1-1.
That gap of 112 seasons between a fixture being played in the FA Cup is the second longest in the competition's history - West Brom and Burnley faced in 1888/89 and then not again until 2008/09, a gap of 120 seasons.
Boro have been drawn at home for the seventh successive fixture, with the north-east side winning four of the last six (L2).
Brighton have won just two of their last eight FA Cup away games (D1 L5), losing each of the last two, including at this stage last season to non-league Lincoln.
Brighton have failed to score in nine of their last 13 competitive matches (six goals overall).