Brighton striker Florin Andone has suffered yet another setback during his loan spell at Galatasaray to compound a nightmarish 2019/20 season.
As per The Argus, the Romanian was taken off in his team’s 0-2 defeat at Caykur Rizespor yesterday after a clash with opposing goalkeeper Tarik Cetin, with his manager Fatih Terim declaring afterwards: “Andone and knee ligaments have a problem.”
A season which began so promisingly for Andone when he scored in Brighton’s opening day win at Watford has instead unravelled with a string of setbacks for the 27-year-old.
The Romanian did play in both of the Istanbul club’s Champions League games against Real Madrid but suffered a knee ligament injury in November which kept him out until the beginning of March (as per TransferMarkt). Then, just as Andone had recovered, football across Europe was shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Sunday’s match against Rizespor was Galatasaray’s first since the resumption of the Turkish Super Lig, but the season really could be over for Andone if, as Terim has hinted, he continues to have knee ligament trouble.
Even without his injuries, Andone was likely facing a battle for his future at the Amex Stadium, contending with top scorer Neal Maupay, trusted veteran Glenn Murray and promising youngster Aaron Connolly to get into Graham Potter’s first XI.
Should Brighton give Andone another chance next season or just get rid of him?
This latest setback in a horrendously abortive season for the Romanian could leave him with a steep challenge in trying to forge his way back into the reckoning at Brighton, especially if the strikers currently at the club impress when the Premier League resumes from next weekend. As things stand, Andone could face a very uncertain future with the Seagulls.
Brighton fans, do you see a way back for Andone at the Amex Stadium after his latest injury blow? Share your views in the comments section below!
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