Friday 19 July 2019

Hughton's in no rush on Locadia

Brighton manager Chris Hughton
Brighton manager Chris Hughton

Brighton's record signing Jurgen Locadia will not be rushed back from injury to make his debut, Albion manager Chris Hughton has said.

Dutch striker Locadia cost a reported £14million from Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven last week but arrived at the Amex Stadium carrying a hamstring problem.

The former Holland Under-21 international will be one of only two absentees for Albion's FA Cup fourth round tie at Middlesbrough tomorrow, along with midfielder Steve Sidwell, leaving top-scorer Glenn Murray, Tomer Hemed and Sam Baldock as the options up front.

Boss Hughton expects 24-year-old Locadia to be sidelined for at least a further fortnight and thinks it is important not to compromise his recovery by thrusting him into Albion's Premier League relegation battle too early.

"We're expecting him to be fit in a couple of weeks," Hughton said.

"As regards settling in, he's settled in very well. The work that he has done with our medical department outside, he's done some really good work outside.

"He came with an injury which we are aware of, we have now taken that (treatment) over.

"For as quickly as we want to get him back, we've got to make sure that it's right.

"He's looked very good outside, (I'm) very much look forward to getting him fully fit and of course into the squad and team."

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