Seagulls wait on Knockaert injury

15 July 2017 06:44:50 EST

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton is hopeful that an ankle injury suffered by Anthony Knockaert proves not to be too serious.

The 25-year-old French forward had to be replaced early on in a 2-0 pre-season friendly win over Fortuna Dusseldorf and was later seen leaving the ground on crutches, with his ankle in a protective boot.

And Hughton says the Seaguills medical staff will take a good look at the problem when it has had a chance to settle down over the next few days.

He told The Argus: "It is a concern. Anthony generally rides these challenges and when he came off, it's not like him.

"We'll wait and see, there's no point thinking the worst. We'll see how it is over the next couple of days and hopefully it won't be so bad."

Meanwhile, Albion are reported to be closing in on a deal to make Gent midfielder Renato Neto their fourth major signing of the summer.

Having already drafted in goalkeeper Mat Ryan, defender Markus Suttner and forward Pascal Gross, the Seagulls are keen to bolster their midfield options.

Twenty-five-year-old Neto helped Gent to a first-ever Belgian league title in 2014/15, having joined the club from Sporting Lisbon

Brighton can be backed at 6/5 to be relegated next season, while they are 4/6 to avoid the drop in their first campaign in the Premier League.

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