Bernardo hopeful over hamstring injury after limping off against West Ham

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bernardo hopes his hamstring injury is not too serious after limping off in the 2-2 draw at West Ham.

Wednesday, 2nd January 2019, 11:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 11:34 am
Bernardo. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

The Brazilian left-back sustained the injury as Michail Antonio sprinted away down the right and crossed for Marko Arnautovic to make it 2-2.

Talking afterwards, Bernardo said: "It's something new for me, I've never had this muscle tightness.

"It was in the action of the second goal when I sprinted. I don't know if it was when I stretched my leg to block the cross or if it was during the sprint.

"I fell on the floor and when I stood up, it was really tight. I could run and walk normally but it was burning, so right now all I can say is it doesn't seem that bad because I can still do all the movements but I'll know more tomorrow morning."

Asked if the ball had gone out for West Ham's equaliser, Bernardo said: "I hoped but it didn't happen. I tried my best but it was not enough.

"He's (Antonio) a very physical player. We were side to side during the sprint and in the last second he touched me, I lost balance and he managed to make a pass backwards and the guy was there to score.

"It's a pity, I tried what I could but it was not enough."

On the game, Bernardo said there was disappointment in the Albion dressing room at failing to hold on for the win. He said: "Maybe before the match happens, if someone asked me if 2-2 is disappointing, I'd say no because they are a very good team and we are playing away from home.

"Now, for sure the feeling is not the best because we took the lead. We were two goals in front of them, were playing well and in five minutes everything changed. It was a black-out from our side.

"I think we deserved to win for what we showed overall, so that's why there's a bitter feeling."