Brighton winger Knockaert available for West Ham game

Brighton & Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert is available for Wednesday's Premier League match at West Ham.

Monday, 31st December 2018, 1:26 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 11:19 am
Anthony Knockaert. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

The Frenchman was left out of the squad for Saturday's 1-0 win over Everton for tactical reasons but Albion boss Chris Hughton said Knockaert is available for the match at the London Stadium.

Brighton have changed to a 4-3-3 formation in recent weeks and Hughton explained that played a part in Knockaert not making the 18-man squad on Saturday.

He said: "He's fine for West Ham.

"What I have at the moment is a position all managers and coaches want, which is to have very good competition for places.

"Probably with a change in formation, it means I am able to be a little bit more tactical than I have been at other times.

"It was solely tactical (on Saturday). He is in the squad for West Ham and it shows how the squad is developing."

Jose Izquierdo, who has missed the last five matches with a knee injury, remains a doubt. He scored in both of Albion's wins against West Ham last season, the 3-0 victory at the London Stadium and a stunning strike in the 3-1 win at the Amex.

Glenn Murray netted the only goal when Brighton beat the Hammers 1-0 earlier this season.

Mathew Ryan and Alireza Jahanbakhsh will both miss Wednesday's game as they are at the Asian Cup with Australia and Iran respectively.

Hughton added there were no fresh injury worries after Saturday's win against Everton.

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