March 30, 2018 / 6:06 AM / 4 months ago

Soccer: Hughton to take late call on Stephens for Leicester clash

(Reuters) - Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton will make a late decision on whether to include midfielder Dale Stephens in his squad for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Leicester City.

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Crystal Palace - The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain - January 8, 2018 Brighton manager Chris Hughton with Dale Stephens as he is substituted REUTERS/David Klein

Stephens, who has made 29 league appearances this season, missed Brighton’s last two matches but has trained during the international break.

“We initially felt it was in his hamstring but it is not a hamstring strain,” Hughton told the Argus.

“Sometimes that can be a little bit neural (nerves). What you have to be able to do is take it easy. Even though in the work he has done he hasn’t been feeling it, it’s going to that next stage.

“He has been able to go outside and he has been able to really push it. But we will need to make that late decision on him.”

Cameroonian fullback Gaetan Bong is available for selection after recovering from a thigh injury.

Brighton, placed 12th in the league table, have 34 points and a win on Saturday against Leicester will help them edge closer to the 40-point mark usually associated with guaranteed survival in the top division.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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