Brighton return to Premier League action on Saturday when they travel to St James Park to take on Newcastle United.
The Seagulls went into the international break on a high after beating West Ham at The Amex 1-0. Whereas, Newcastle suffered a 3-2 loss to Manchester United, even though they were 2-0 up with 17 minutes on the clock.
Albion could be boosted by the return of both Pascal Gross and Martin Montoya to the team, who were both back in training on Monday.
However, The Seagulls may be without both of their central midfielders in Dale Stephens,who is still recovering from a hamstring injury and Davy Propper, out with an ankle injury that he picked up in the win over West Ham.
Left-back Gaetan Bong did not play in Cameroon’s African Nations Cup qualifier against Malawi on Tuesday, so it remains to be seen whether he will be fit for Saturday’s game.
This is how Brighton may lineup depending on injuries: Ryan, Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Bernardo, Knockaert, Kayal, Bissouma, Izquierdo, Jahanbakhsh and Murray.
However, this lineup may well change depending on the fitness of Gross, Montoya and Bong.
Newcastle are worrying over the fitness of Ciaran Clark, who picked up a thigh problem on international duty for the Republic of Ireland.
On the other hand, The Magpies are boosted by the return to training of Paul Dummett and he should be available for selection for this weekend’s clash.
This is how Newcastle may lineup depending on fitness and injuries: Dubravka, Fernandez, Lascelles, Yedlin, Manquillo, Kenedy, Diame, Ritchie, Shelvey, Muto and Perez.
Brighton Players Did Well On International Duty
Some of Brighton’s players will come back off the international break full of confidence. Jahanbakhsh went into the break off the back of his first Premier League start. He then went and scored Iran’s first goal in their 2-1 win over Bolivia on Tuesday night.
Kayal also had a great time on international duty starting both of Israel’s wins over Scotland and Albania, with him getting the assist for the winning goal over Scotland.
One player not at the Seagulls, Tomer Hemed who is on loan at QPR scored Israel’s first goal in their 2-0 win over Albania on Sunday.
Both of Brighton’s centre half’s were called up for international duty with Dunk being called into the England squad and Duffy featuring for the Republic of Ireland in both of their UEFA Nation League games.
Although Dunk did not play, getting a call up and the chance for Gareth Southgate to get a closer look him is a great experience and one he can learn from.
Both Leon Balogun and Yves Bissouma also featured for Nigeria and Mali respectively.
Saturday’s game will hopefully be more entertaining than last year’s 0-0 draw at St James Park and I am going for a 3-1 win for the Seagulls.