Midfielder Kayal has surgery on fibia injured against Atletico Madrid and will be out until November as Seagulls prepare for Premier League bow against Manchester City
The Israeli midfielder was injured during the Seagulls’ final pre-season friendly against Atletico Madrid at the weekend.
Beram Kayal has been ruled out for up to ten weeks after breaking his leg
Brighton midfielder Beram Kayal broke his fibia during the pre-season friendly against Atletico Madrid
Scans have now revealed he suffered a small break to his fibia and Kayal underwent an operation this morning to repair the damaged bone.
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Experts have now told manager Chris Hughton the 29-year-old will not be fit to return to action until October.
The news comes as a major blow to Hughton as he prepares his squad for their opening match of the season against Manchester City on Saturday.
The Brighton boss said: “We’ve had some bad news on Beram Kayal, who came off at half-time in Sunday’s game.
“It’s a small break in his fibia, which was operated on today. We expect him to be out for something like eight to ten weeks.
Kayal has undergone an operation to repair the broken bone in his leg
Chris Hughton faces a difficult test in the Premier League opener against Manchester City on Saturday
“It’s bad bad news for us and him. The only good thing is it’s a clean break, so there are no complications.”
The loss of Kayal comes on top of Hughton already being without striker Sam Baldock, who has failed to recover from calf surgery over the summer in time to start the season.
Brighton have been handed one of the toughest opening games possible in their first season in the Premier League, with big-spending City visiting the Amex Stadium looking to begin with three away points.
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