Graham Potter says he could be without three of his key players for tomorrow’s game against Chelsea

Graham Potter gave an injury update that might concern Brighton & Hove Albion fans ahead of their clash with Chelsea.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference for tomorrow’s Premier League encounter at the Amex, Potter declared Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk unfit for service.

“Dunky’s made good progress but tomorrow will be too soon. Shane looks like he will miss the game too with his ankle,” said the Brighton boss.

He also revealed that Adam Lallana was a major doubt after damaging himself during Friday’s fixture against Crystal Palace.

“Adam (Lallana) has a hamstring issue which might rule him out.”


What does this mean for Brighton?

Whilst Dunk’s absence is nothing new, the loss of Lallana and Duffy is pretty fresh.

Duffy played in the FA Cup victory over West Bromwich Albion at the beginning of the month, but missed out on the A23 derby draw with Palace.

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His potential omission on Tuesday might cause Potter to field the same two centre-backs, Dan Burn and Adam Webster, for the second successive match.  

Lallana will be missed

Lallana started that previous outing, yet had to be removed just before the hour mark because of the hamstring problem.

Since Dunk’s departure to the treatment table, the 33-year-old has captained Brighton to a pair of league victories and draws.

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With Yves Bissouma already away on Africa Cup of Nations duties, the Seagulls’ midfield looks a little light.

An area of the field that Chelsea are now back to full strength in, thanks to N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic’s return from covid isolation.

It is in defence where the Blues have relatively little depth.

Andreas Christensen tested positive for covid before the defeat to Manchester City, whilst Reece James, Trevoh Chalobah and Ben Chilwell remain side-lined.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.