Brighton's Hinshelwood out for three months after foot surgery

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Brighton's Hinshelwood out for three months after foot surgery

Brighton prospect Jack Hinshelwood has undergone surgery on a stress fracture of the foot.

The 18-year-old academy prospect is expected to be sidelined for around three months but has not yet been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Hinshelwood, a midfielder, has been used successfully by head coach Roberto De Zerbi at right-back due to injuries. He scored three goals in 12 appearances before missing Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.

The loss of Hinshelwood has been eased by Joel Veltman and Tariq Lamptey becoming available again.

Veltman returned from two months out with a knee injury as a late substitute at Tottenham. Lamptey, meanwhile, made only his second start since a two-month absence of his own due to a muscle injury. He played most of the match at right-back until he was substituted in the closing stages.

De Zerbi stated last week that, despite Hinshelwood’s success at full-back, he sees the England Under-19 international’s future further up to the pitch.

“In the future, for sure he can play in midfield and I think he is better in midfield,” De Zerbi said. “Now, we need him at right-back and he is playing very, very well.

“I understood and I saw the different qualities, physical, technical, mental qualities. He is older than his age. His secret is his family.

“At the end of last season, me and my staff understood he could be ready to play, to stay in the first team.”

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