Why Evan Ferguson & Lewis Dunk missed Brighton’s clash with AEK Athens

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Brighton & Hove Albion head coach Roberto De Zerbi has, late on Thursday, provided an update on the wellbeing of both Evan Ferguson and Lewis Dunk.

This comes, for this who missed it, after the pair were absent from Brighton’s Europa League group stage squad to face Greek giants AEK Athens.

The Seagulls kicked their continental campaign into gear a short time ago, ultimately condemned to a 3-2 defeat despite Joao Pedro’s spot-kick brace.

And yet, post-match, the conversation quickly diverted back towards matters on the domestic front.

This comes after key pair Ferguson and Dunk, as alluded to above, sat out the action at the Amex, sparking fears that both could also miss Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Bournemouth.

Speaking to the media post-match, Robert De Zerbi, in turn, was questioned on the whereabouts of the duo.

And the Italian tactician went on to reveal that hitman Ferguson - who also recently missed the Republic of Ireland’s double-header with France and the Netherlands - has come down with a bout of illness.

Stopper Dunk, meanwhile, is suffering with an unspecified muscular concern, picked up against Manchester United last weekend.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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