Albion's midfielder is edging closer to a return.
Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Beram Kayal is delighted to be back in full training with his team-mates, after returning from an ankle injury sooner than expected.
The 28-year-old last played for the Albion in their 2-0 victory over Barnsley in September, and expressed his excitement at being back in contention for the Seagulls.
He said, “I’m actually really enjoying it now, it was a tough time for me to be outside of the game. I’ve really missed playing and training with the lads.
“I’m so happy to be coming back quicker than what we’d thought, because the specialist thought I’d be out for 12 weeks, but I’m back within nine weeks.
“The last seven or eight weeks have been tough for me, but I’ve tried to remain positive. I trained with the physio every day, everyone helped me and I just want to say thanks.
“I’m now back in full training with the team, with no pain, but I need to pick up the speed again and then I’ll have the power and confidence back.”
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The Israel international has enjoyed watching his team-mates continue the promotion push from the sidelines, but is eager to contribute when selected again by Albion boss Chris Hughton.
“I’m happy for the boys, they’ve done very well. We’re in second place and have shown the strong squad we have this season.
“Watching the team go on a good run makes it easier when coming back from injury, rather than watching them struggle.
“Hopefully me and Liam Rosenior, who is also back soon, can come back into the team and help with the club’s push forward again.”
Kayal is pleased with the competition for places in Albion’s squad, and believes the team will benefit from the strength in depth Hughton has built this season.
“You need that [competition] over 46 games. Last season we had maybe 15 or 16 fit players in weeks where we’d have to play three games, but we now have enough for the rotation we need.
“One of the things the manager did this season was make sure the squad was bigger, because it’s not just about 11 players.
“At the moment, it’s working very well and we’re using the rotation in our squad exactly when we need it.”