Brighton and Hove Albion have a reputation for nurturing great talent.
From the likes of Moises Caicedo to Alexis Mac Allister to Kaoru Mitoma, Brighton fans have seen some of the English Premier League’s next top stars playing at the Amex Arena.
The next name off that list is Republic of Ireland striker Evan Ferguson.
Ferguson, who made headlines with a stunning hat-trick against Newcastle this weekend, has been in top form this season with 4 goals already to his belt.
However, with a crucial English Premier League clash against Manchester United looming, Ferguson now faces a race against time to regain fitness.
This follows news that Brighton’s top scorer has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland’s upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers due to injury.
“Republic of Ireland striker Evan Ferguson has been ruled out of the two UEFA EURO 2024 qualifiers against France and the Netherlands,” the FAI statement said.
“Ferguson reported for international duty on Sunday but after assessment from the Ireland medical team, Ferguson has been ruled out of both fixtures.”
During his impressive performance against Newcastle, Ferguson left the field with an apparent knee injury. Although initial concerns were minimal, his absence for the qualifiers has raised doubts about his availability for the Old Trafford showdown.
United are set to welcome Brighton on Saturday, September 16, with Ferguson’s status for the match hanging in the balance.
If Ferguson was to miss out, it would be a huge boost to United who haven’t looked the most solid defensively this season so far. Ferguson also missed Brighton’s FA Cup semi-final against United last season with injury and this could be a case where history repeats itself again.