Chris Hughton wants Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Kemy Agustien to focus on getting back to full fitness and playing football.
The Dutchman has only featured in three games this season owing to a persistent thigh problem, which has now led to the former Swansea man going under the knife in an attempt to resolve the issue.
The latest setback has extended a frustrating period on the sideline, but Hughton wants Agustien just to concentrate on beating the injury once and for all.
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He told seagulls.co.uk, “Right at this moment, having had the operation, our thoughts are on getting him the correct rehab here and getting him back playing.
“At the moment he is somebody that is quite a way away from being fit and ready to play and he hasn’t been available to play for most of the season.
“So his thoughts have to be on getting fit and if he is able to do that and be available for any point this season then we will be delighted, but the target is to get him fit and free from the injury. “