GRAHAM POTTER WELCOMES IZQUIERDO AFTER LONG INJURY LAYOFF

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter is pleased to have Izquierdo back in contention to play for the team but stressed that the player would have to still do some work for him to earn his spot in the team.

The Colombian winger has not featured in any match for the club since 2019 after suffering series of injuries after injuries. Most of his injuries have been knee problems, and he will also be hoping that after his recent return, he returns to his best form and enjoy an injury-free campaign.

The boss has sent him a clear message that after making a return, he would have to make a big step forward and a big improvement if he wishes to return to the Brighton team. The 28-year-old winger has been putting in some work on his way to regain full fitness and has made some strings of appearances for the club’s under-23 side this season.

It was already looking like he was steadily making his return to the team after playing consecutive games for Simon Rusk’s team back in October but he has not been allowed too much time to play games as the club do not want to risk his chances of returning to full fitness.

Izquierdo featured for the under-23s and gained 45 minutes of football under his belt. However, they ended up falling to a 2-1 defeat in their game against Blackburn on Monday. Manager Potter said that the Colombian winger’s return to full fitness is a complex one and needs to be tackled critically so there wouldn’t be a repeat of the problem.

The coach said that the 28-year-old’s participation in that match was planned out for him to aid his rehabilitation process and hasten his return to the first-team fold.

The coach said the player has been out for long and the way forward was for him to play in those games to aid his return to fitness. The coach is also hoping that Izquierdo continues leveling up, gearing up, and working towards making it to the team and start playing games very soon.