Brighton boss Chris Hughton will soon have a key part of his squad to call upon again, having been without a natural number 10 since Pascal Gross developed an ankle injury.
The injury came during the Seagulls’ home 2-2 draw with Fulham on September 1st, causing the German to be substituted off on the hour mark.
In the run-up to his injury, the influential former Ingolstadt star had been a vital part of the South Coast side, most notably playing a fundamental role in Brighton’s shock win over Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.
Gross secured the lead going into halftime with a goal to make it 3-1 to the hosts, putting in a performance worthy of the Man of the Match award.
Before developing his ankle injury, keeping the 27-year-old out of action for four games, the German had been an Amex regular and often starred when playing at home.
Chris Hughton had previously been open to the idea of dropping the creative midfielder when playing away, but would always call on the services of Brighton’s number 13 when they weren’t the ones travelling.
Last season, each of the 5 foot 11 midfielder’s goals came on home turf, netting the equalising penalty against Tottenham as well as another against Manchester United.
Altogether, his goals and general play resulted in Brighton fans voting Gross as their player of the season.
In Brighton’s upcoming run, starting with Gross’ potential return match on October 20 against Newcastle United according to Premier Injuries, there are several matches the Seagulls could win.
Newcastle first off are proving to be struggling this season, having lost five of the eight games played and winning zero. The same goes for Cardiff City, who the Albion face a few weeks after, before rounding off their first matches against the current winless bottom three with a trip to Huddersfield on the 1st of December.
Tougher games do come, with Everton and early-high flying Wolverhampton Wanderers but, overall, the upcoming matches are very favourable and Gross looks set to play a crucial part in them.