Pascal Gross is set for an imminent return from injury for Brighton, but Newcastle fans should hope that doesn’t include this weekend for their game against them.
The Magpies host Brighton at St James’ Park on Saturday for a Premier League tie and are still looking to chalk up the first win of the season.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton has confirmed that attacking midfielder Gross has trained with his squad and is still yet to make a decision on his fitness ahead of the weekend.
The 27-year-old missed the last four league fixtures before the international break with an ankle injury, but his return could spell trouble for Newcastle’s defence.
He enjoyed a storming first campaign in English football last season following his £3million (Sky Sports) switch to Brighton from FC Ingolstadt.
Gross is a creative playmaker that usually plays in the advanced midfield role and is the spark in the Seagulls outfit going forward.
The German was directly involved in 15 goals last season in the Premier League for a Brighton side that were hardly efficient in front of goal and is a technically gifted ace.
Newcastle’s backline will need to be on their A-game if Gross does feature at St James’ Park and his presence in the midfield would be a major boost for the visitors.