Blackburn Rovers' 'spark' back in for Brighton clash

Ewood Park

Tom Cairney has missed six games for Blackburn with an ankle injury but was on the bench for the draw at Millwall.

One win from their last six has left Blackburn eight points off sixth place, and they tomorrow play their game in hand against Brighton – hoping to also get back to winning ways. 

Tom Cairney, signed permanently from Hull in January, has been a bright spark in Rovers' season. His ability on the ball was praised by left-back Tommy Spurr: "He makes us tick, keeps the ball and creates chances with his through balls, so to have a player of his quality back is only a positive for us."

It comes at a bad time for Brighton, off the back of three defeats. His return will come at the same time as that of Rudy Gestede from a groin injury, boosting further Blackburn's chances of winning. 

They were unlucky on the weekend, having a man sent off but showing great determination to get a draw against Millwall. But off the back of such a physically demanding contest, facing a team like Brighton who will look to pass the ball around them won't be an easy match. 

Cairney could be the decisive factor in midfield, offering a controlling, creative force for the home-side. 

It is however a contest either team will feel they can win, Brighton with something to prove and the chance to go just one point behind Reading in sixth and Blackburn looking for a win after playing well in recent weeks and being unfortunate. 

Who do you think will prove decisive in this fixture? 

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