The injury news Brighton fans didn't want to hear ahead of Leeds

Albion head coach Graham Potter admitted his star midfielder is struggling with fitness ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Leeds at the Amex Stadium

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 5:57 pm

Adam Lallana has been a key performer for Brighton in the second half of the season and has featured in their last 13 matches.

Lallana, 32, played the full 90 minutes of the painful 1-0 loss at Sheffield United last Saturday and has been struggling with a calf issue since.

Brighton are seven points above the relegation places with five matches remaining and victory against Leeds this Saturday would be a huge step towards ensuring their top flight survival for another season.

Graham Potter will have a big call to make on Adam Lallana for Saturday's match against Leeds
Graham Potter will have a big call to make on Adam Lallana for Saturday's match against Leeds

Lallana's guile and experience would be crucial against a Leeds team who are ninth in the Premier League and enjoying a decent run of form.

“Adam Lallana had a tight calf of start of the week and hopefully he will train tomorrow," Potter said cautiously. "I would rate them as okay (Lallana’s chances) but we will see if he trains tomorrow and then see how we go from there.”

Percy Tau, who last featured in the Premier League for Brighton during the 1-0 victory at Leeds, has recovered from a tight hamstring and is available for selection.

Ben White also returns having served his one match suspension at Sheffield United following his sending off at Chelsea. Long term absentees Tariq Lamptey (hamstring), Solly March (knee) and Florin Andone (knee) remain sidelined.

Meanwhile Potter said he would go “insane” trying to work out how many points Brighton need for Premier League survival.

Brighton are seven points clear of 18th-placed Fulham and nine ahead of West Brom despite the Baggies’ recent resurgence.

One more Brighton success would effectively leave West Brom needing to win their five remaining games to overhaul them, while Fulham would probably require at least three victories and two draws.

“I can drive myself pretty insane by trying to guess it. My focus is just on the weekend," said Potter.

“We are playing Leeds United who are enjoying a very good season, they’re in a good place, a good moment.

“You can’t worry about what other people do or second guess other things are going to happen.

“All you do is your very best and focus on our performance.”

Brighton won 1-0 at Elland Road in January and Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa has spoken highly of Potter’s Seagulls.

Bielsa said Brighton are “unfairly” in the division’s lower reaches given their all-round ability in defence and attack and the way they keep possession.

Potter said: “Unfortunately it (Bielsa’s praise) doesn’t give us the points – and I’d rather have the points.

“Maybe he (Bielsa) can be nice to say ‘here’s the points on Saturday’, but I know that’s not going to happen.

“Marcelo’s done an amazing job there, and it’s great for the game that he’s over here.

“But regardless of what anybody says we need to do it ourselves. We need to get the points and keep going.

“There’s lots of points to play for and everybody’s going to keep going to the very end. We have to do the same.

“We have belief, we’re together, we’re fighting and we’ll do our best.”