X

Wednesday 12
August

Brighton & Hove Albion

Trossard blow for Brighton

12th September 2019, 15:11 by Jack Ogalbe

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.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

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.

More Brighton & Hove Albion

Recent Sport Headlines

Horse Racing

Pogo poised for Strensall Stakes outing

11th August 2020, 15:53

Charlie Hills has been impressed with Pogo's improvement and says he would be well-suited to the Strensall Stakes at York later this month.

Horse Racing

Moody prioritises Melbourne Cup for Nickajack Cave

11th August 2020, 14:25

Trainer Peter Moody says Nickajack Cave will be aimed at the Melbourne Cup after joining his stable in Australia.

Horse Racing

Aspetar may struggle - Charlton

10th August 2020, 17:05

Trainer Roger Charlton has conceded that Aspetar may struggle to compete in the Juddmonte International at York this month.

Horse Racing

Enable to miss York ahead of Arc bid

10th August 2020, 16:51

John Gosden's Enable will now have her prep run at Kempton rather than York ahead of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Horse Racing

Appleby delighted as Space Blues opens Group One account

9th August 2020, 18:44

Trainer Charlie Appleby was full of praise for stable star Space Blues as he opened his Group One account in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.

Horse Racing

Mohaather in line for France outing

9th August 2020, 10:46

Trainer Marcus Tregoning has revealed Mohaather could be given one run in France before heading to Ascot in October.

Horse Racing

Plenty of options on the table for Kameko

8th August 2020, 14:20

Connections are set to decide Kameko's next step after the weekend with four potential destinations on the table.

Horse Racing

Curragh given go ahead for Sunday card

8th August 2020, 11:45

Racing has been given the go ahead at the Curragh on Sunday despite a partial lockdown coming into place in County Kildare.