The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Joshua Richards

KAZENGA LuaLua has re­turned to help res­ur­rect Brighton’s pro­mo­tion push and man­ager Chris Hughton is hop­ing to see the winger back to his best im­me­di­ately.

The 25-year-old’s last league ap­pear­ance for the Seag­ulls ar­rived back in Septem­ber, be­fore groin dam­age forced him into a spell on the treat­ment ta­ble.

Brighton ap­peared to be cop­ing just fine with­out him, un­til a 3-0 home de­feat to Mid­dles­brough last month ended their un­beaten start to the Cham­pi­onship sea­son.

Since then, they have also lost to Ip­swich and Wolves and haven’t found the net in their last four league out­ings.

“It’s cer­tainly good to have him back,” said Hughton, when asked about LuaLua.

“When you have got some­body who had par­tic­i­pated in the amount of games he did early in the sea­son and scored the goals that he did you are go­ing to miss that type of tal­ent.”

But that is not the only boost to Hughton’s at­tack­ing re­serves, af­ter he se­cured the sig­na­ture of 24-year-old for­mer Le­ices­ter City winger An­thony Knock­aert from Stan­dard Liege.

“He is a dif­fer­ent type of player to the wide play­ers we have here,” added the boss.

“It is about what he can bring us of­fen­sively in terms of goals and as­sists.”

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