Chris Hughton has reported today that some of our missing players will be back for tomorrow’s clash with Leeds United. However, Sabastien Bassong is not one of them that was mentioned.
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The three players returning for the Wednesday night game against Leeds are Shola Ameobi, Ryan Taylor, and Steve Harper. Each player should get quite a bit of action and we would expect a much better performance out of Harper than we witnessed from our two young keepers this past weekend.
However one name was suspiciously absent from this list and that is our central defender Sebastien Bassong who has not played in any preseason games this season. Hughton did speak about Seb a little earlier in an attempt to clarify his situation.
“Sebastien’s now back training with the group.
“What he has done is a different program.
“Hopefully, he can play some part on Wednesday. He played a little bit later than everybody else (with Cameroon). He had a little problem towards the end of last season.
“It hasn’t been an issue. We’ve just needed to make sure we managed it.”
These comments don’t do much to clarify Bassong’s situation. It doesn’t quite sound like he’s injured and it can’t take him this long to recover from international play. This sounds like Hughton doesn’t really know too much about Bassong either.