Brighton have suffered another major fitness blow with the news that two more players have suffered setbacks ahead of the game against Leeds United on Saturday.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Jason Steele are the two players who have been added to the list of Brighton’s walking wounded.
Jahanbakhsh has picked up an injury while Steele is said to be ill.
Brighton lost 1-0 to Man City on Wednesday night and played 120 minutes on Sunday as their FA Cup game went to penalties.
As quoted in Sussex Live manager Graham Potter said after the game last night, “[Alireza has a] bit of a feeling after the game against Newport County so we will see how he settles down over the next few days.
“[Steele is suffering from] Illness. I think he got a bit excited with all the penalties he saved and he feels a bit ill now.”
Sussex Live said, “Brighton now have six players on the sidelines ahead of a crucial run of fixtures this month.”
Massive opportunity for three big points
Steele is Brighton’s second keeper so that’s not so bad but the loss of defender Jahanbakhsh is a potentially bigger blow.
This news comes on the back of Potter confirming that four more players will miss the game.
Ben White came through the game last night, in midfield, after suffering a knock against Newport and it looks like he should get to play against his old teammates.
Brighton boss Graham Potter confirms Tariq Lamptey, Aaron Connolly, Danny Welbeck and Adam Lallana will all be missing for trip to #lufc (Sat,3pm).
Ben White went off holding his thigh at Newport last night. Brighton play away at Man City Wed (6pm).
— Adam Pope (@apopey) January 11, 2021
All of this is very good news for Leeds. The Brighton players only have two days to recover before the long trip up to Elland Road on Saturday.
Their squad is ravaged and Leeds will really fancy their chances at picking up all three points from a side who is already struggling just above the relegation zone.
Brighton claimed that Leeds were direct rivals when they refused to do business in the summer window over White.
Three points would leave Leeds with almost double the points – 26 to Brighton’s 14 – and a defeat could see the south coast club slip into the bottom three if Fulham win.
Where would relegation for Brighton leave Ben White?
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