Brighton & Hove Albion will be without one of its main players Andrew Crofts in the remaining part of the ongoing season. The 29 years old midfielder injured himself badly while playing against Birmingham City last weekend.

Although when he was coming out of the ground after getting injured during that game, he didn’t seem to be in a major problem. Yes, he was limping, but, he didn’t need to be stretchered. So, initially, it was thought to be a hamstring injury. But, the tests after the match disclosed that it’s actually a ligament rupture and 6-month duration is needed by the player to get recovered completely.

Crofts’ contribution for Brighton this season has been immense. He has been a regular starter and not on too many occasion, he has let his team down. So, his absence would certainly be felt by the Seagulls management.

But, it’s not that Brighton hasn’t got good understudies. Their squad is filled with impressive young talents who might take some time to settle down, but, they are more than capable of delivering the goods.

Brighton’s next match is against Derby County. That’s a championship game and will take place at the iPro Stadium. It would be interesting to see who plays in the midfield on the place of Crofts there for the Seagulls.

Talking to the reporters yesterday about the injury of Crofts, the Brighton boss Oscar Garcia said, “It’s really sad that Andrew will have to be out for so long. He has been amazing for us this season, but, our squad is not lacking depth. We have got quality backups who can step up for the team in such situations.”

Brighton is at no. 6 in the championship points table at the moment with 39 points.