Why key center-back Shane Duffy is not featuring for Brighton tonight

Duffy absent for Crystal Palace clash

Brighton boss Graham Potter locks horns with Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira tonight at the Amex Community Stadium on the south coast but will be made to search for a three-point haul in front of the home support without the presence of influential center-back Shane Duffy.

The 30-year-old Irish international remains ever-present in the heart of the Brighton defense under Potter but has missed six out of the last seven fixtures for the Seagulls in recent weeks due to a combination of testing positive for Covid as well as fitness concerns.

As confirmed by The Athletic’s Brighton correspondent Andy Naylor, a minor injury is the reason behind his failure to see action tonight as Brighton looks to cement their current place in the top half of the Premier League table.

Brighton without additional key squad members

Shane Duffy is not the only key member of the Brighton squad that was not available tonight as Premier League clubs continue to be hit hard in the aftermath of the busy festive period.

Why Shane Duffy is absent from the Brighton squad against Crystal Palace

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 02: Yves Bissouma of Brighton & Hove Albion breaks with the ball during the Premier League match between Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion at Goodison Park on January 02, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Graham Potter has been unable to rely on midfield dynamo Yves Bissouma after he was brought back into the fold with Mali while Lewis Dunk, Enock Mwepu, and Jeremy Sarmiento are all absent through injury.

But at the time of writing, Brighton looks to be in alright shape despite the notable absences as they are continuously on the front foot against Crystal Palace while having kept the Eagles from registering a single shot on frame through thirty minutes and dominating possession with nearly 62% of the ball.

A three-point haul tonight would see the Seagulls leapfrog Wolves into eighth on 30-points before Bruno Lage’s outfit clash with Southampton tomorrow afternoon.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 21 40 53
2 Chelsea FC 21 29 43
3 Liverpool FC 20 34 42
4 West Ham United 21 12 37
5 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 19 3 31
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 0 28
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 0 27
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Southampton FC 20 -6 24
12 Crystal Palace 20 -1 23
13 Brentford FC 20 -6 23
14 Aston Villa 19 -5 22
15 Everton FC 18 -9 19
16 Leeds United 19 -16 19
17 Watford FC 18 -14 13
18 Burnley FC 17 -11 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 20 -36 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 6

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