Trossard blow for Brighton
Brighton boss Graham Potter has confirmed Leandro Trossard faces an extended spell on the sidelines due to his groin injury.
The Belgian joined the Seagulls in the summer, agreeing a four-year deal at the Amex after signing from Genk for an undisclosed fee.
An unused substitute in the opening weekend 3-0 win at Watford, Trossard netted on his debut, making the most of his first start to score the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with West Ham.
Since then he has also started the 2-0 defeat to Southampton and 4-0 loss at Manchester City and seems to be a substantial part of Potter’s plans.
The coach is still to settle on his preferred front three but Trossard looks to be in the equation in attack, especially with Jurgen Locadia moving on loan to Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim and Florin Andone joining Galatasaray.
A run in the team seemed destined and his form was so good that he looked set to make his Belgium debut over the international break, only for the knock to see him withdraw from the squad due to his groin injury.
According to Potter, the 24-year-old’s issue is worse than first thought and the player is unlikely to feature again until after the October international break.
He told reporters: “It’s early stages with Leandro [Trossard] but he’s felt something in his groin – we’re probably looking at after the next international break before he’s available again.”
While injuries never come at a good time, Trossard’s is especially awkward for Potter, who is still finding his feet in the Premier League after switching from Swansea in the summer.
Next up for the Seagulls is Burnley at home on Saturday, a game which opens what could be a crucial run of fixtures.
After facing the Clarets, they head to the north east to take on Newcastle, while they then have a chance to gain some confidence against another team expected to struggle, Aston Villa, in the EFL Cup.
Fixtures against Chelsea and Tottenham then await but if Potter’s prediction is right, Trossard should be fit in time for the trip to the Villans on October 19.
Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.