Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton gave an injury update on Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo, but touched upon the strength in depth that is currently being displayed across the first-team squad.
The Albion pair were replaced during last night’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium, but Hughton highlighted the competition for places that could prove helpful leading into Saturday’s match at Burnley.
He said, “I think both Murray and Izquierdo will be quite sore — unfortunately there’s a quick turnaround before Saturday’s game, so we’ll have to see.
“Izquierdo’s injury got worse as the game went on — we certainly didn’t want to make our last substitution that early in the second half, particularly knowing we’d be up against an onslaught.
“We’ve got good competition at the moment — what everybody knows that if they want to be playing, they’ve got to be playing at a level that’s going to keep them in the team.
“I’d certainly rather have players pushing that are fit and available, rather than when you’ve got a treatment room full of players. We’ve got three games in a week and you want these problems as a manager.”
Shane Duffy will definitely miss the trip to Turf Moor at the weekend, following his red card against the Eagles, and Hughton commented on the incident that led to the Irishman’s dismissal.
“We’re going to lose him for three games now — there’s no hiding place these days, it will be shown time and time again.
“He’s an experienced footballer and he’s done great for us. He knows that he’s done wrong and unfortunately for him he’ll miss the next three games.
“That will give somebody else an opportunity. We’re never too old to learn and unfortunately he’ll have to learn from that one."
Florin Andone stunned the Amex crowd on the stroke of half-time, as he relentlessly chased down the ball before making it 3-0, and Hughton was impressed by the Romanian’s eye-catching goal.
“I don’t think anybody expected him to finish it. When you run that far and that quick to get there at the angle that he did, normally you’ve run out of steam at that point.
“But to get a finish at the end of it speaks volumes for his desire to score a goal.”