March, Veltman and Milner: Brighton injury list and return dates ahead of Tottenham Hotspur clash

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Brighton fans are still buzzing after putting bitter rivals Crystal Palace to the sword last weekend. A convincing 4-1 win was exactly what Roberto De Zerbi needed to get the Seagulls’ season back on track.

Just one win in seven Premier League games had threatened to dampen Brighton’s campaign up until that point but De Zerbi’s men will now be targeting another European push. Completing the league double over Tottenham Hotspur would be one way to kick on from humbling Palace.

Brighton dealt Spurs a reality check by beating them 4-1 at the Amex over the festive period. With nine points separating the two teams, Saturday’s fixture could hold importance to how the table pans out come May.

But De Zerbi must deal with several injury setbacks ahead of his trip to North London. Here is a comprehensive Brighton injury list - including potential return dates.

Solly March - Knee

One of the biggest blows to Brighton’s campaign came in October when March suffered an ACL injury. A player who was instrumental in getting the Seagulls to Europe must watch his teammates from the sidelines - and he could miss the rest of the season. De Zerbu remains optimistic he could feature before May but that appears unlikely. Possible return date: May

James Milner - thigh

Milner has continued to defy the odds over the years but his body broke down in the 4-0 defeat to Luton Town. A thigh injury is expected to rule him out for a month. Possible return date: Fulham (March 2)

Julio Enciso - Knee

If everything went to plan, the Paraguayan was supposed to return in December. That was an update the manager gave back in October regarding Enciso’s knee injury. It looks as though he will be on the treatment table for a while yet. Possible return date: Unknown

Joel Veltman - Knee

Knee injuries have proven to be the bane of Brighton’s life this season. Veltman has not been seen since December and was supposed to be out for “a couple” of months. If that assessment is correct, the Dutchman should return soon. Possible return date: Unknown