Florin Andone and Jose Izquierdo could make their first appearances of the season as Brighton travel to Southampton on Monday night. Romania forward Andone, a summer signing from Florin Andone and Jose Izquierdo has been sidelined with a groin problem, while Colombia winger Izquierdo has been building his fitness following his involvement in the World Cup.
Albion boss Chris Hughton has no selection concerns ahead of the trip to St Mary’s, with defenders Bruno and Lewis Dunk available following their recent injury problems.
Meanwhile, Hughton says he was not surprised to see Mark Hughes rescue Southampton from Premier League relegation last season.
Hughes was regarded by some as an uninspiring choice when he replaced the sacked Mauricio Pellegrino at St Mary’s in March.
His appointment came just over two months after he was dismissed by Stoke with the club sliding towards the Championship.
The Welshman subsequently justified his selection by leading struggling Saints to safety on the final day of the campaign and Hughton has been impressed with Hughes’ work in Hampshire.
“All managers will have ups and downs, all of them, because it is impossible not to,” said Hughton.
“But I think in the game Mark is regarded as a very good manager. Mark’s one that gets on with the job with little fuss.
“(It was) not a surprise to me that when he got the job last season that he did the job that they asked him to do.
“And at this moment, taking that club into the season, the team are playing well.
“They are playing a good brand of football, of what people want to see and I think they will do well this season.”