Mitoma Injury Update: Brighton Forward Ruled Out for the Remainder of the Season

Mitoma Injury Update: Brighton Forward Ruled Out for the Remainder of the Season

Brighton Forward Ruled Out for the Remainder of the Season

Brighton winger Kaoru Mitoma will be sidelined for the remainder of the season due to a back injury, as manager Roberto De Zerbi announced on Tuesday. The setback occurred during the recent match against Everton, and De Zerbi stated, “It’s a bad, bad situation. It’s the back injury which kept him out against Everton. It’s an important problem. I think two or three months, (so) finished (for) the season.” Mitoma’s absence will be a significant blow for Brighton, as the Japan international has been a key contributor, scoring three goals and providing six assists in 26 appearances across all competitions this season. His return to the south coast in 2022 was a crucial team addition.

Mitoma, 26, had already missed a substantial part of the 2023/24 campaign due to an ankle injury and his involvement in the Asia Cup. This latest setback adds to Brighton’s challenges as they strive for a top-six league finish and remain active in the FA Cup and Europa League.

The timing of Mitoma’s injury is particularly unfortunate for seventh-placed Brighton, impacting their efforts in key competitions. As they prepare for the fifth round of the FA Cup against Wolves on Wednesday, they must also cope without Evan Ferguson and the suspended Billy Gilmour. Additionally, Danny Welbeck and Joel Veltman are undergoing late fitness tests.

Mitoma’s absence challenges Brighton in maintaining their momentum and competitiveness across various fronts. The team will need to rely on alternative options to compensate for losing the influential winger during this critical phase of the season.

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