Double injury blow for Brighton ahead of Manchester United clash

Brighton will lock horns with Ole Gunnar’ Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League this evening. The international break was expected to give Webster time to recover but the former Bristol City man has been ruled out of the match at second-placed United at Old Trafford.

Brighton defender Adam Webster has been sidelined with an ankle injury sustained during a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Burnley in February, while Dan Burn looks set to miss out with a hamstring injury sustained at Southampton.

“Making progress,” Potter said of Webster. “He’s not yet joined the group. It’s looking more hopeful for the Everton match. But still a couple of weeks away.

“It was ankle ligaments so it is just a case of building them up and getting the movement of his ankle better and stronger.

“He is doing that work and once I think he’s got to a stage where he’s happy with that then he can join the team. He has been working hard in terms of his fitness so it is more the ankle and the strength and movement in that.”

The injuries to Webster, Burn, and March leave Potter desperately short of options on the left side. Joel Veltman is capable of covering on the left and Potter has also used striker Andi Zeqiri and Polish midfielder Jakub Moder at left wing-back.

“It does not make it any easier,” Potter added. “That is part of the challenge of managing in the Premier League and working with your team. You have to find a solution.

“There is always a time when you lose a player. We played Liverpool and won and pretty much lost Solly and Webby after that game. Then you have to find a solution, you lose a bit of rhythm and communication as a team while you find the next solution.

“But credit to the players they have done it well. We suffered in terms of results during that period but performances were very good. Credit to them, they have tried to find solutions and we are happy we have found a couple in the last couple of weeks.”

Striker Aaron Connolly could however be in contention having recovered following an injury picked up on international duty. “Aaron has trained today,” said Potter. “We will see how he responds but there is a chance he will be involved.

“He had a rib injury before but he also had a foot problem. It was a heavy contact, with bruising rather than a break or a fracture, but he’s trained and feels better.”

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