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Brighton receive boost with star striker returning after a year out

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Craig Mackail-Smith completed 90 minutes for the Seagull's Under-21 team to put him in contention to travel to Barnsley on Saturday.

Things have fizzled out for Brighton over recent weeks, seeing them drop to ninth in the league. They're still just three points off the play-offs though and have been handed a timely boost with news of Craig Mackail-Smith returning to full fitness. 

Mackail-Smith was the Seagulls top scorer last season with 12 in the league, but ruptured his Achilles tendon in a game against Bristol City last March. The front-man scored a stunning goal against Charlton's U-21 team to mark his return to fitness: 

His return will lift the whole team, as well as the crowd at the Amex stadium. Brighton's assistant manager Nathan Jones said: "He has shown in that game he is capable of playing 90 minutes, scoring in injury time and that he's ready now.

"I am sure he will be full of adrenaline and desire and we are hopeful he will be an important player for us towards the end of the season."

The energy Mackail-Smith brings to the team can certainly be used, as well as his ability to get a goal from nothing. 

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