The injury news Brighton fans wanted to hear ahead of Crystal Palace

Brighton and Hove Albion received an injury boost ahead of their crunch Premier League fixture with old rivals Crystal Palace.

Thursday, 27th February 2020, 3:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th February 2020, 3:13 pm
Head coach Graham Potter has been boosted by the return to fitness of Dale Stephens

Midfielder Dale Stephens, who has missed the last two matches against Watford and Sheffield United, is available for selection having recovered from a groin injury.

Potter said, "Dale is available for the game, he trained this week so it is just Jose (Izquierdo, knee) who is not."

Alexis Mac Allister and Tariq Lamptey will also hope to force their way into the squad to face Palace at the Amex. The Argentina international cut short his loan deal at Boca Juniors and didn't make the match day squad for the 1-1 draw at Sheffield United.

Lamptey continues to impress the head coach in training. The young England defender arrived on January transfer deadline day from Chelsea but was also left from the squad at Bramall Lane.

Ezequiel Schelotto was the right back for Sheffield United and played well, while Steven Alzate and Martin Montoya are all in the running to cover the right side along with Lamptey. It's a crucial position for Albion this Saturday as whoever receives the nod will likely be up against Palace dangerman Wilfried Zaha.

"There is always hesitation," said Potter. "Because they (Mac Allister and Lamptey) are new players and it's about getting the right time for them to go in.

"But they have the qualities too. So we have to decide at the right time and what is the right moment for them. You have to take that into consideration and the other guys in the team as well. Both are talented and both have the right mentality and both can handle it."