Alireza Jahanbakhsh back available for Brighton's match with Chelsea

Alireza Jahanbakhsh. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Alireza Jahanbakhsh. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Iran winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh is back available for Brighton & Hove Albion's Premier League match with Chelsea on Sunday.

The 25-year-old has missed Albion's last five matches after limping off late in the 2-0 defeat at Everton in November.

Brighton hope Jose Izquierdo will return to training this morning and the Seagulls will make a late decision on if the Colombian winger will feature.

Albion manager Chris Hughton said: "Jose Izquierdo is someone who we hope will train this morning.

"Alireza Jahanbakhsh is also available for this weekend."

Hughton is aware of Chelsea's threat after the Blues won 4-0 and 2-0 against Brighton last season. He said: "Chelsea were very good at the Amex last year - whichever way they do play they have real quality and their last league win shows that.

"They also have a lot of flexibility in their attacking areas."

Albion's boss believes his side are playing well at the moment after two wins from their last three games and said: "Our level of performance at the moment is good - I thought we were unfortunate not to get anything from last weekend.

"That's important because we have some tough matches coming up - you have to be in those games."


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