Brighton’s survival hopes dealt hammer blow as Graham Potter provides Tariq Lamptey update

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: Tariq Lamptey of Brighton and Hove Albion receives medical treatment during the Premier League match between Fulham and Brighton & Hove Albion at Craven Cottage on December 16, 2020 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Graham Potter has, on Friday, provided a fitness update on Tariq Lamptey, with the news far from positive.

Potter and co. are of course currently in the midst of a tense relegation battle.

Despite having lit up the Premier League landscape courtesy of an impressive brand of attacking football to this point in the campaign, Brighton simply haven’t been able to string together the kind of win streak required to move sufficiently clear of the drop zone.

In turn, 18th-placed Fulham’s recent surge has seen Scott Parker’s men draw level with the Seagulls on 26 points, ahead of what is no doubt set to prove a tense season run-in.

Next up for Brighton is a trip to St. Mary’s to face Southampton in 48 hours’ time, in yet another key outing for both sides.

Brighton’s survival hopes dealt hammer blow as Graham Potter provides Tariq Lamptey update

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 07: Tariq Lamptey of Brighton and Hove Albion in action during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton at American Express Community Stadium on December 07, 2020 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

‘Miss the season’

And, as outlined above, ahead of Sunday’s clash, the Seagulls have today been dealt what could prove to be a fatal blow to their hopes of retaining top-flight status for next season.

Speaking in a press conference this evening, Graham Potter was asked for an update on the fitness of Tariq Lamptey.

Gifted right-back Lamptey – who enjoyed a fine opening to the campaign – has not taken to the pitch since December, amid a recurring hamstring issue.

Hope had remained amongst the Brighton faithful that the former Chelsea man could yet return over the weeks ahead, to provide a timely boost to the club’s survival hopes.

Any such hopes, however, have today been dashed.

This comes with Potter having confirmed that Lamptey is set to go under the knife, and, in turn, sit out the remainder of the campaign:

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