Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has provided an injury update on three members of his squad following the latest international break and ahead of Saturday’s game against Southampton at the Amex Stadium.
The Seagulls’ boss spoke about the fitness of the trio of Davy Propper, Florin Andone and Pascal Gross ahead of the Saints making the trip along the south coast this weekend, and revealed that a decision would be made on two of them on Thursday.
He said, “Davy is fine. I think what happened is he played in the first game for Holland against Germany and was a little bit stiff afterwards - they have got a good squad of players there.
“The feeling was to take no risks with him against Belarus, which we are delighted about.”
“Then Thursday will be a big day for Florin [Andone] and Pascal [Gross].
“Florin at this moment has more chance than Pascal but they would have to train with the team on Thursday to have any chance of being involved on Saturday.
“With Pascal, we were always hopeful he might be available for the Southampton game.
“The type of injury that he had, although he has had no problems with it, was still significant enough that it has taken this period of time.”
Hughton also spoke about the adaptation process of full-back Martin Montoya, praising the defender’s recent form and experience – as well as highlighting the same characteristics from his fellow Spaniard and club captain Bruno.
“I’m fortunate that I have got two good full-backs in him [Montoya] and Bruno, he is still a very good level full-back.
“I have tended to go with a little more consistency in the back four, hence why he [Martin Montoya] and Bernardo have played.
“Martin Montoya and Bruno have different strengths – Martin is an experienced player, he’s mobile and he’s relatively quick.
“He put in a cross for what should have been a winning goal at Millwall and he is getting into those positions a lot.
“I don’t really know about the stats, but I think that comes with consistency and playing more games. He is experienced at 27 years of age, and sometimes it still takes that little bit to adapt to the Premier League.”