'He's injured': Roberto De Zerbi says Brighton have just lost an 'important' player ahead of facing Liverpool

Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi has confirmed that his side have suffered an ‘important’ injury ahead of facing Liverpool.

The Reds travel to the South Coast this weekend, looking to avenge a pair of losses against the Seagulls last season.

But first, both sides are in Europa League action this evening. And ahead of Brighton’s trip to Marseille, De Zerbi told brightonandhovealbion.com that left-back Pervis Estupinan has picked up an issue.

“He’s injured and can’t play for a month,” admitted the Italian. “He’s an important player we are losing, but we can play in that position with Tariq Lamptey, Igor Julio and other players.

“We have to be ready to change. We have to be good enough to get the result without important players.”

As looked likely at the beginning of the campaign, Brighton are starting to see the pitfalls of playing in European competition.

Having been so good in the Premier League last season, they’re now having to juggle midweek trips to the continent.

They were demolished 6-1 by Aston Villa on Saturday, and as a result De Zerbi’s side are in slightly unfamiliar territory. They’re not used to losing anymore, especially by that kind of margin.

Tonight’s game away at Marseille also looks incredibly tricky, with the visit of Liverpool no walk in the park either.

Injuries to the likes of Estupinan won’t help matters, but as De Zerbi says, they do have options to replace him.

And – unfortunately for them – they may need to soon get used to playing permanently without the Ecuadorian. Reports over the summer actually suggested that the 25-year-old is on Liverpool’s radar, amongst other clubs.

Estupinan is certainly a fine player who has been crucial to Brighton’s transformation over the past 18 months. For the time being though, they’ll have to make do without him.


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