The midfielder was part of the England Under-21 side that booked their place in next summer's European Championships against Croatia earlier this week, but Brighton boss Sami Hyypia has selected the youngster.
Sam Baldock also returns for Hyypia's side after missing the last three games with a calf problem.
Meanwhile, Kike starts up front for the visitors, who are looking to extend their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions.
Brighton: Stockdale; Calderon, Greer, Dunk, Bennett; Holla, Forster-Caskey, Gardner; Teixeira, Baldock, LuaLua
Boro: Konstantopoulos; Fredericks, Ayala, Gibson, Friend; Adomah, Leadbitter, Clayton, Reach; Tomlin, Kike.