Brighton coach, Graham Potter, says Leon Balogun remains an ‘important’ member of his squad despite being restricted to just one appearance for the Seagulls this season.
Balogun is currently battling his way back to full fitness after complaining of tightness in the groin area when he returned from international duty with Nigeria.
Potter admits that the 31-year-old is going through a frustrating period as he battles to win a place in the Premier League matchday squads with Lewis Dunk, Dan Burn, Adam Webster and Shane Duffy, all ahead of him in the pecking order.
“He (Balogun) is probably having a bit of a bad time at the moment because he’s not healthy, and that’s the most important thing.
“You cannot do anything about things if you’re not on the pitch so we have to just focus on getting him back training as soon as we can and also as safely as we can.
“Then football decides who is out on the pitch.
“Hopefully, we can get him back to enjoying football and get him back to playing football, then he’s an important guy in our squad.” He said.