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First Team 2 weeks ago

Team News: Brighton & Hove Albion

Watch Javi Gracia's pre-match press conference above, or read on below.


By Kevin Affleck

Javi Gracia expects the players who picked up a few bumps and bruises against Tottenham Hotspur to shake them off in time for the quick turnaround at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

The Head Coach saw Troy Deeney run off an early blow to his ankle and pondered taking off Roberto Pereyra at Wembley as the Argentine was troubled by an issue, but both lasted the distance and are expected to travel to the Amex Community Stadium. The squad reported for work at mid-morning and Gracia will wait and see how they come through training today and tomorrow before picking his matchday squad.

“We don't have a long time to prepare for the next game,” said Gracia. “We are ready today to recover those who played yesterday and we are all focused on Brighton and trying to do our best. They have enough time to recover today. Maybe tomorrow is the second day when they feel tired, but in three days I am sure they will be ready.”

Tom Cleverley was withdrawn just after the hour mark at Wembley Stadium after feeling the effects of what Gracia said was “a very demanding first half”. It was only his second Premier League start in a year.

“We will take a decision on Tom,” said Gracia. “Maybe it will be tough for him to play more minutes, but in two or three days he will be ready.”

The game on the south coast will come too soon in the recovery process of Abdoulaye Doucouré. The French midfielder is still working his way back from the knee injury he sustained at Crystal Palace.

“I don't think so,” said Gracia when asked if he would be able to select Doucouré against the Seagulls. “I want him to recover as soon as possible as he is an important player for us. He will be ready soon but in this moment, I don't know when.”

Gracia confirmed Christian Kabasele was fit and available for the game against Tottenham. “He is ready,” said Gracia.

Not yet ready are Kiko Femenía (hamstring) and Sebastian Prödl (knee). “The players who were injured before the game are in the same situation,” he said. “We'll see in the next hours their evolution.”