VETERAN striker Tony Sealy, on the sidelines for the past month, returns to the Eastern side for the First Division league match against Voicelink today. The 34-year-old Sealy, signed to replace last season's top scorer Dale Tempest, was de-registered when the Hong Kong champions came to terms with the latter in a surprise move last month. Sealy, whose 10 goals for the now-defunct Michelotti earned him the move to Eastern, has scored only once in four games for his new club and his moderate performances prompted Eastern to offer Tempest a fresh contract following his one-month stint with Kitchee. However, Sealy has been recalled to the first team because centre-forward Paul Nixon is suffering from a thigh injury sustained in the Emperor Exchange Challenge Shield against Rangers two weeks ago. Coach Chan Hung-ping is confident Eastern will extend their winning streak in the league to six games despite the absence of Nixon and sweeper Chiu Chun-ming. ''We've put Sealy into our first team in training matches for the past week and he has performed reasonably well to justify a place in our starting line-up,'' said Chan. ''Chiu's injury is not a problem to us either as Wong Kwok-on can fill the void. I'm confident we can take full points off Voicelink.'' However, Chan is keeping his fingers crossed that Nixon and Chiu will be available for Eastern's next match - the Shield semi-final against Sing Tao next Tuesday. Newcomers to the First Division, Voicelink have lost all their four league outings. They are languishing at the bottom of the standings but hope that Hong Kong-born Tim Bredbury will help them turn the tide. Bredbury, who led Sabah to third place in the highly-competitive Malaysian league which ended in October, signed a two-month contract with Voicelink and made his debut in the Shield quarter-final against Instant-Dict. The former Hong Kong international started the match on the substitute's bench but was called up 20 minutes into the game. However, he lacked support and did not make much of an impression. Voicelink are preparing for a big shake-up in their expatriate ranks and have sacked six-foot-six Dutch centre-forward Jan de Rijke. They are scouting for a mid-fielder and a striker from Britain. Coach Wong Yiu-shun said: ''I'm not harbouring any false hopes of beating Eastern but all I want is a spirited performance from my players to build up our confidence for the rest of the season. ''Our next match on November 28 against Rangers will be crucial, one which we cannot afford to lose if we are to remain in the First Division next season. I hope our new players would have arrived by then.''