Brighton winger Jose Izquierdo is nearing a return to first team action despite over a year on the sidelines.

The Colombia international hasn’t played a game for the Seagulls since Chris Hughton was the manager at the Amex Stadium, resulting in him missing the entirety of the 2019-20 season.

It has been a serious knee injury which has kept the 28-year-old in the treatment room, but now Izquierdo is on the comeback trail claims Albion boss Graham Potter.

Potter said:

“He has been injured since I’ve been here, injured the back end of the season before I arrived, so he’s a player we haven’t seen at all.

“But we see him now on the pitch, he trains, you can see his quality.

“It’s going to help him get back up to that maximum level, which as you can imagine is going to take a bit of time, thought and care.”

Izquierdo’s return to training is a positive for the Seagulls no doubt, but how Potter manages the player’s workload is key.

The Brighton manager hinted the winger could get some game time in the near future.

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