Brighton have given an injury update ahead of Sunday, with Chris Hughton talking about what options he will have available.
Playing a reserve team against Bournemouth in the League Cup in midweek, the Brighton boss made 10 changes, with only squad player Liam Rosenior staying in the side that had lost to Bournemouth the previous Friday in the Premier League.
Glenn Murray was the only Brighton player to score against Newcastle last season, with a consolation penalty in the 2-1 home defeat in February.
Despite only starting one league game this season, Chris Hughton indicated that the striker is set to be involved in some way on Sunday, confirming that he wasn’t injured on Wednesday but that the manager had chosen to leave him out of the matchday 18 in order to keep him for the Newcastle match.
The Brighton boss also confirmed that defender Gaetan Bong was now available, having successfully came through the midweek cup match.
However, Hughton says that striker Sam Baldock and midfielders Beram Kayal & Steve Sidwell would definitely be missing.
Izzy Brown was on loan at Huddersfield last season and has joined Brighton from Chelsea for this campaign. He started the opening game defeat to Manchester City but only lasted 24 minutes before injury, Chris Hughton states that he is now back in training and a possible to feature against Newcastle, though he will leave it late before deciding whether to use him.
Looking at this season overall, Chris Hughton thinks there are six or seven teams it is unlikely they will get points against, with Newcastle being one of the 12 or 13 where it is more likely, though he warns his players that any points still have to be earned.
Chris Hughton speaking before Brighton v Newcastle:
“Izzy Brown is back in the frame. He’s been training this week and we’ll make a decision on his inclusion come the end of the week.
“Glenn Murray, who we chose to leave out of the cup game at Bournemouth, is available, as well as Gaetan Bong who came through that game.
“As regards to the injuries, there’s probably no changes. Sam Baldock, Steve Sidwell and Beram Kayal are all still out.
“The key is going to be responding to the (recent) defeats, putting them in the past and very much focusing on the following games.
“You have to be as happy as you can be with the majority of what you’re seeing, whether that’s in games or in training.
“I think that can always be encouraging and certainly in amongst a group of lads who had recognised that this is going to be a tough season.
“Their mindsets have been very good and the training has been excellent.
“What we need to do is put as much of that into practise in the main arena and the next opportunity to do that is against Newcastle.
“It’s not being detrimental to anybody, but there are a group of six or seven teams that are going to be more difficult to get results against.
“I know it can be about your form, fortune and luck on the day, but for whatever points we get, you’d think that on the law of averages they’ll be against the teams outside that top seven.
“That becomes quite a big group of teams, but you can only get results against any of those teams by earning them.”