Brighton manager Graham Potter has given a positive update on his squad ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Arsenal.
Aside from long-term injury victim Jose Izquierdo, the Seagulls boss will have a full squad from which to choose when the Gunners visit the Amex Stadium this weekend.
As per Brighton & Hove Independent, the 45-year-old said: “We are fortunate that we have got a fully fit squad. We have got a good squad, players that want to play, so the challenge for them is to be ready from the start whether it’s the last 20 minutes or the last 30 minutes, whatever the role is.”
Brighton have had relatively good fortune with injuries over the course of the season, with Izquierdo the only prolonged absentee since last August. Bernardo missed a series of games in the autumn, while Dan Burn, Leon Balogun and Leandro Trossard all had brief spells on the treatment table, but otherwise the squad has had a virtually clean bill of health. [via TransferMarkt]
However, Potter would be wise to heed the misfortune that befell Saturday’s opponents upon their return to Premier League action last night. Inside the first 25 minutes of Arsenal’s 0-3 defeat at Manchester City, the Gunners lost both Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari to injury, the latter pulling up with a hamstring problem (as per Sky Sports).
Also, as noted by Marca, when the German leagues returned from their coronavirus-enforced postponements last month, there were no fewer than 14 injuries incurred by players across the top two divisions. The portents are there for Brighton as they prepare to return to action for the first time since 7 March.
With no major selection issues for Potter, in contrast to Arsenal being without several defenders due to injury or suspension, the Gunners’ visit to the Amex Stadium on Saturday is probably coming at a good time for Brighton.
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The Seagulls face a defining run of nine games in just 37 days starting this weekend, so the matches will come thick and fast for a squad that has thankfully been largely spared from injury troubles up to now. Potter will need to manage his players carefully, though, with the luxury of a fully-fit squad of greater importance now than at any other point in his tenure at Brighton so far.
Brighton fans, which players can you least afford to lose to injury between now and the end of the season? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below!
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