The 30-year-old is still suffering from a shoulder injury picked in training three weeks ago and, according to manager Chris Hughton, will miss out on a fourth consecutive match.
“Pascal Gross will miss the game this weekend. He felt his hamstring, the good news is it’s not as bad as we first thought, but the game comes too soon,” Hughton said in a pre-match conference.
“Leon Balogun will also still miss out.”
💬 “Pascal Gross will miss the game this weekend.
“He felt his hamstring, the good news is it’s not as bad as we first thought, but the game comes too soon.
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) February 28, 2019
Last summer, Balogun joined Brighton as a free agent after leaving Mainz 05. He has featured sparingly for the English top-flight side with eight league appearances so far – including five starts and a stunning volley to his credit.
His injury problem has further hampered his aim to disrupt the strong centre-defence partnership of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy.
Also, it might see him miss out on Nigeria’s March schedule, with a final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Seychelles and Egypt friendly lined up.