Brighton dealt major injury blow ahead of Burnley & Chelsea

Brighton dealt major injury blow ahead of Burnley & Chelsea

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Brighton & Hove Albion have this evening been dealt a major blow on the injury front, after talisman Glenn Murray was forced off during the Seagulls’ clash with Crystal Palace.

Brighton vs Crystal Palace

The two sides are currently locked in Premier League action at the Amex Stadium.

Hosts Brighton having sat in 11th-place ahead of kick-off. Chris Hughton’s men picked up an important 3 points last time out, courtesy of a 2-1 win at Huddersfield.

Visitors Crystal Palace, meanwhile, sat 3 places adrift of their opponents in 14th, just 3 points above the Premier League’s relegation zone.

The Eagles had vastly-improved over the last couple of weeks, though, with Roy Hodgson’s men having first picked up a hard-fought point at Old Trafford versus Manchester United, before putting Burnley to the sword by 2 goals to nil last time out.

Brighton 3-up

As such, Palace’s complete and utter collapse during the first-half of their trip to the Amex tonight came as something of a surprise.

A hectic opening 45 minutes saw Glenn Murray first give Brighton the lead from the penalty spot with 24 minutes on the clock.

Glenn Murray

Glenn Murray scores a penalty during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace

However, the home side subsequently saw Shane Duffy given his marching orders just 4 minutes later.

As such, it came as a hammer blow for Palace when Brighton incredibly doubled their lead on the half-hour mark.

Duffy’s dismissal forced Chris Hughton into a substitution, with Leon Balogun having been introduced in place of Pascal Gross.

And the change turned out to be an absolutely inspired one, with Balogun having gone on to net his side’s 2nd with his first-touch, 25 seconds after stepping onto the pitch.

And Palace’s misery was compounded further on the stroke of half-time, when Brighton added a 3rd.

Another substitute, in the form of Florin Andone, this time found the net, essentially ending the game as a contest.

Murray crocked

However, it was far from smooth sailing for Brighton over the course of the first-half, with the Seagulls having also been handed a serious blow on the injury-front

Glenn Murray was the player to have picked up the problem, with the veteran hitman having injured his shoulder.

There were immediate suggestions that Murray may have dislocated his shoulder, with Brighton set for an anxious wait over the coming 24 hours as Chris Hughton and co. await news on whether or not their talisman is set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

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December 4, 2018 at 01:20PM

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