Date: 15th December 2015 at 10:39am
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Tomer Hemed might have spoken up the squad strength, and depth, Brighton have (as we’ve just shared) but this doesn’t mean Chris Hughton isn’t always on the lookout to add more to the squad.

Hughton has admitted, with injuries perhaps highlighting a slight chink in the armour, he could be looking at bringing in another winger in the New Year.

In-form Solly March sustained a knee injury against Derby on Saturday and although he should be back in training next week Kazenga LuaLua has been out for a few months and isn’t likely to be fully fit to return until after the festive period whereas loanee Rajiv van La Parra can’t feature against parent club Wolves to basically his (initial) loan ends at the end of December.

The Albion boss has told the Argus he’s ‘considering’ a move into this area in January but is keen to ensure the ‘balance’ is right and he doesn’t dispute the harmony of squad with any additions that could come in.

‘You have to appreciate that players are on their way back. Liam Rosenior did a really good job for us in that wide right position, Kazenga is back, so that also has to come into the thinking, but it is an area at the moment where we could end up being a little bit light, so we’ll take that into consideration.

‘We also have Manu, who has played wide more so in a 4-3-3. You can’t just keep bringing in players because you then end up having too many in the squad that are not playing. It’s about getting that balance, keeping the squad as tight and competitive as you can.’

Andrew Crofts (hamstring) should be fit to return to the squad heading to Loftus Road though after four-matches out with Sam Baldock (thigh) also making good progress in his recovery from his injury that should see him back in full training next week.

The boss added he still feels (despite the injuries) Brighton are more than ‘competitive enough’ though going into the QPR game and the festive period as a whole we’ve got coming up.

‘We have a few injuries at the moment but I think we’re still competitive enough and there are still options. They are cut down a little bit but you will find that with most teams in the Championship. It’s something we have to cope with and make sure we are still competitive.’

Regarding the game against Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s QPR itself he finished by saying he’s expecting a serious challenge from a side that are more than capable of ending the Albion run and beating anyone in this league.

‘When you look at the team on paper and what they have on the bench they have got quality, there’s no doubt. They are on a good run at the moment. They might not be winning the amount of games they would like but they have become a tighter unit and they are capable of winning. I would expect them to have a good season.’

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