Brighton dealt Locadia injury blow ahead of Leicester

Jurgen Locadia

Brighton & Hove Albion were this afternoon dealt a blow on the injury-front, during the club’s clash with Derby County.

Brighton vs Derby

Chris Hughton’s men welcomed Championship outfit Derby to the Amex a short time ago, for an FA Cup 5th-round clash.

Brighton secured their spot in the competition’s last-16 with a 3-1 replay victory over West Brom last week.

Derby, meanwhile, advanced courtesy of a hard-fought 1-0 win at Accrington Stanley late last month.

Brighton come out on top

The early exchanges of this afternoon’s clash saw Brighton well on top, with the Seagulls’ Premier League quality having proven telling.

The hosts were rewarded for their endeavours just past the half-hour mark, when Anthony Knockaert finished off a flowing move with a superb driven finish to open the fixture’s scoring:

And Brighton went on to double their lead on the stroke of the interval, when Yves Bissouma’s bending effort came back off the post, only for the on-hand Jürgen Locadia to slot home into an empty net:

Derby did manage to make things interesting with a goal of their own ten minutes from time, when 38-year-old Ashley Cole emerged from the bench to nod home his first-ever FA Cup goal:

In the end, however, Brighton held on to secure their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Locadia crocked

On an otherwise positive day for Chris Hughton’s men, though, Brighton were also dealt a blow on the injury-front.

Goalscorer Locadia went down in a heap with a little over ten minutes remaining in the clash, after appearing to twist his ankle on the astro turf along the sidelines of the AMEX pitch.

The Dutch attacker could immediately be seen to be in a great amount of pain, with the Brighton medical team having been forced to essentially carry Locadia down the tunnel for treatment.

It remains to be seen how long the 25-year-old will be out of action for, but if initial looks are anything to go by, then Locadia could well be set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

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