Brighton's Tariq Lamptey reveals unique recovery strategy from hamstring surgery
Brighton's flying wing back Tariq Lamptey is finding ways to stay positive despite being sidelined with a hamstring injury that brought a premature end to his Premier League campaign
Lamptey has not featured since he injured his hamstring during Albion's 0-0 draw at Fulham last December.
The injury was initial described as "not too serious" but the hamstring took longer than expected to heal and surgery was later deemed to be the best option for the former Chelsea man.
It brought an end to a promising season for the 20-year-old who is now focused on returning to full fitness in time for Albion's next campaign.
It's the first long term injury of Lamptey's fledgling career but he's been using the time wisely for self-reflection, studying, reading...and a bit of Fifa 21.
“My recovery is going well," Lamptey said. "I thank God the surgery was successful and my aim now is to be back fitter and stronger.
"I am not used to getting any injuries, I like to think I am quite fit and strong, so I’ve never had this problem before.
“It’s about getting my head around it. I have to keep positive, to reflect, and better myself. I want to keep moving forward.
“I was enjoying every minute of playing. It’s frustrating being injured, but you have to look at the positives.
“I like reading a lot so that’s kept my mind busy – I am reading Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, I like books about psychology. I can’t have loads of books on the go at once though, I just need the one to focus on, I can’t juggle.
“I was studying until last year, I was doing my A-Levels in business, so with that out the way now I am normally on Fifa. I had to give up on Ultimate Team, some of the packs I was getting weren't making me happy!"
Lamptey soon became a favourite with the Brighton fans following his £3m arrival from Chelsea. His speed and ability to attack down the right flank offers Brighton a different option.
Although Joel Veltman has impressed in Lamptey's absence, Graham Potter's team have missed the genuine pace and threat that only can bring.
“I have watched all the Brighton games, I support and encourage from home and am kicking every ball from my sofa," said Lamptey.
"I want to do whatever I can to help the team, I put a message in our group before each game. The results recently have boosted everyone."
Brighton are next in Premier League action this Sunday at Manchester United.