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Brighton star Jose Izquierdo close to returning to team

Brighton and Hove Albion winger Jose Izquierdo is coming close to returning from his long term injury as he is expected to return in January or February, according to his agent.

The Colombia international arrived at the Falmer Stadium from Belgian side Club Brugge for a fee reported to be worth £13 million back in 2017, which the club got the better bargain as he bagged five goals and four assists in 36 appearances in his first season with the team.

In his second campaign with the Seagulls, the Colombian was not able to feature much for the club due to several knee injuries that got him on the sidelines for most of the season, he was only able to register 17 appearances in all competitions.

The 27-year-old was reported to have been trying to fix his continuous knee problem of which has seen him missed all of Brighton matches this season.

The Seagulls will be looking forward to the Colombia international return to the team in the new year, as his agent has reassured fans about his possible return in February.

Speaking to Gol Caracol, his agent said: “José is now good, and we need to give him a lot of support, that’s what we are doing.

“Izquierdo is in the recovery phase. It has been an injury to the meniscus (of the left knee) quite hard. It’s exhausting to deal with.

“We hope Jose can be competing again in January or February. The expectation is that he will now start with a significant improvement.”

Brighton & Hove Albion’s team will be travelling to the Selhurst Park for Matchday 17 to face Crystal Palace on 16 of December, a Monday night football.