Brighton's Joao Pedro Injured, Doubtful for Newcastle Match

Brighton striker Joao Pedro suffers ankle injury, putting his participation in Saturday's Premier League match against Newcastle United in doubt. Pedro's injury is a significant blow to Brighton, who have a double game week ahead with matches against Newcastle and Chelsea.

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Brighton's Joao Pedro Injured, Doubtful for Newcastle Match

Brighton's Joao Pedro Injured, Doubtful for Newcastle Match

Brighton strikerJoao Pedrohas suffered an ankle injury, putting his participation in Saturday's Premier League match against Newcastle United in doubt. The 22-year-old, who has scored 20 goals in 38 appearances this season, has already missed six games due to a hamstring injury in February.

Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi expressed his disappointment, saying: "Maybe Joao has a problem of the ankle and it is sad news for us. I don't know (if he will play again this season)." The injury occurred on Friday, and De Zerbi is unsure if Pedro will play again this season.

Pedro's injury is a significant blow to Brighton, who have a double game week ahead, with matches against Newcastle on Saturday and Chelsea on Wednesday. De Zerbi emphasized Pedro's importance, stating: "Today it happened and I don't know if tomorrow he can play. I am sad for that as Joao is important, because Julio Enciso and Ansu Fati are not the best physical condition."

Brighton may have Tariq Lamptey back in the squad this weekend, although De Zerbi indicated that he may not be ready to start. Newcastle United, Brighton's opponents on Saturday, also have injury concerns, with Kieran Trippier facing a late fitness test.

The two teams previously met last season at St James' Park, where Newcastle United won 4-1, putting themselves on the brink of Champions League qualification. Despite the defeat, Brighton closed in on European football for the first time in their history. De Zerbi praised the atmosphere at St James' Park, calling it the "best stadium in the Premier League last season."

Brighton's season concludes with a home match against Manchester United next Sunday, while Newcastle is still in contention for Europa League qualification. With Pedro's injury and the team's upcoming fixtures, Brighton faces a challenging end to their Premier League campaign.