Chris Hughton claims Pascal Gross is not going to be a long-term absentee for Brighton after he missed his first Premier League game. The Seagulls chief was left without his influential No.10 for the first time since he arrived from Ingolstadt in summer 2017 in Monday’s 2-2 draw at Southampton after he suffered an ankle injury in the Fulham game before the international break.
And, while the German looks poised to miss Saturday’s early evening clash against Tottenham at the Amex Stadium, Hughton does not expect Gross to be out of the side for too long.
He told The Argus: “He’s okay. He got a kick in the last game which has ended up a little bit more troublesome than we thought.
“It’s certainly nothing that is going to be longer term.
“We’ll look at what progress he makes over the next week but certainly it’s not one that is going to keep him out for a number of games.”
Meanwhile, Hughton must decide whether or not to pitch Florin Andone into this week’s Under-23s clash against Everton with one eye on the Spurs game.
The Romanian has recently recovered from groin and thigh injuries and will probably figure on the bench this weekend so he could get some more game-time against the Toffees on Thursday.
He added: “It’s just managing him the best way we can. He’s a had couple of little difficulties (groin and thigh). He’s done a fair bit of training of late. We just need to make sure he’s up to speed before his involvement.
“We’ll make a decision (under-23s) or whether we think it’s too soon to involve him at the weekend.”