Brighton boss Graham Potter has announced that two players will be missing from his side’s match against Norwich City this weekend.
According to the 44-year-old, both Jose Izquierdo and Bernardo will remain missing from the matchday squad.
Perhaps more worryingly for Brighton fans, Potter provided an update as to when Izquierdo might return – and “before the end of the season” probably wasn’t what the Albion supporters were hoping to hear.
When speaking to the club website, Potter said (via @OfficialBHAFC): “Jose Izquierdo and Bernardo will still be missing – apart from that everyone is available this weekend. There’s progression but nothing new to report. We’re hopeful Jose will feature before the end of the season.”
With Brighton enjoying some decent home form – thanks to back-to-back wins against Spurs and Everton, scoring three in both games – they will be fancying themselves against a Norwich side who are leaking far too many goals (24 in 10 matches).
Considering Brighton have a full bill of health apart from these two they will be pretty satisfied. The club may have limited options in attack, but with Neal Maupay and Aaron Connolly firing in recent weeks and Leandro Trossard impressing when he came on against Everton, they will feel like they have enough of an attacking threat to deal with Norwich.
Both Izquierdo and Bernardo have been out for a while, so there shouldn’t be too much change to their preparations, meaning that they are in quite a good position going into this game.
Izquierdo only played 17 games last season and is yet to feature so far this year, while Bernardo played 22 times last season and just twice this campaign, there are definitely much more important players Brighton could have lost.
Dan Burn has been doing a fine job at left-back. The towering defender has played there three times recently and has an average rating of 7.29/10 while playing in that position, according to WhoScored.
The injuries are obviously unwelcomed, but it’s a positive for the Seagulls that no more big players are out.
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