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Midfielder On Brighton Comeback Trail

Midfielder On Brighton Comeback Trail

Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma is coming to the end of his injury problems and manager Graham Potter is hoping he can add to their goal threat.

The Mali international underwent surgery on a shoulder problem in the summer and has not yet totally recovered but is certainly on the right path and closing in on a full 90 minutes.

He came on in the draw with Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday and was almost on the scoresheet with a right-foot shot that had Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka diving low to his right to save.

The Seagulls dominated the match at Newcastle but could not force a goal and had to settle for a point which they would probably have taken before they set off.

Bissouma will get another chance in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup clash with Aston Villa at the Amex Stadium and boss Potter is hoping the midfielder will be able to add to the side’s goalscoring abilities in the future.

Potter said: “I think so. He has got the qualities. “It is about getting him into the right areas of the pitch, getting him to shoot at the right time and from the right places, because sometimes he shoots from maybe not the best location, but you can see his ability.

“He has only been training with us a week but you can already tell he’s that type of footballer, a free player, that can excite and get a crowd off their seats. “He has worked hard to get back from his injury and we’re looking forward to seeing him on the pitch on Wednesday.

“It is a good game for him to get some time on the pitch.”
Brighton’s point at Newcastle sees them sat in the bottom half of the Premier League table on points six from their opening six games.

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