The absence of Brighton & Hove Albion defender Joel Veltman from the club’s meeting with Burnley this afternoon has been explained.
Mac Allister makes a difference
Graham Potter’s men were back in action recently.
The Seagulls made the trip to Turf Moor, for a Premier League match on opening day with Burnley.
Brighton approached proceedings with a somewhat negative atmosphere around the club’s camp amid concerns that the sailors had not done enough to address their 2020/21 season scoring issues.
However, when all was said and done in Lancashire on Saturday, the visitors put those concerns aside, at least for the moment, en route to a 2-1 victory.
Burnley took the lead in the clash in two minutes, as James Tarkowski headed home to enthusiastic celebrations from the home crowd.
Brighton, however, was undaunted and continued to level up with just over 15 minutes to go, via Neal Maupay.
Then, just five minutes later, the revealing moment of the afternoon came, as the end of Alexis Mac Allister secured a positive opening to the season for the Seagulls.
FULL TIME Burnley 1-2 Brighton
– Premier League (@premierleague) August 14, 2021
However, on a positive day for Brighton, a concern arose from the staff front.
This was due to the surprising absence of defender Joel Veltman from the club’s squad of the day at Turf Moor.
In turn, speaking of the back of the action coming to an end, it came as no surprise when Graham Potter was drawn in by the reasoning behind the complete omission of his plug.
And the Brighton boss went on to reveal that Veltman this week came into close contact with a positive Covid-19 case, before providing a brief explanation of attackers Percy Tau and Aaron Connolly who also missed:
🏥 | INJURY NEWS
🗣️ Graham Potter says that Joel Veltman was absent today because he had been in close contact with a person who had tested positive for Covid-19. Percy Tau and Aaron Connolly dated for “personal reasons.”#FFScout #FPL # GW1 #BHAFC pic.twitter.com/aq5cysqtvK
– Fantasy Football Scout (@FFScout) August 14, 2021
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|5||West Ham United||0||0||0|
|8||Chelsea Football Club||0||0||0|
|19||Brighton and Hove Albion||0||0||0|
|Fernandes, Bruno||United manchester||3|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||1|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||1|
|Firmino, Roberto||Liverpool FC||1|
|Tarkowski, James||FC Burnley||1|
|Tubes, Sergi||Brentford fc||1|
|Norgaard, Christian||Brentford fc||1|
|Ings, Danny||Aston Villa||1|
|Ayling, Luke||Leeds United||1|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||1|
|Alonso, Marcos||Chelsea Football Club||1|
|McGinn, John||Aston Villa||1|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||1|
|Greenwood, Mason||United manchester||1|
|MacAllister, Alexis||Brighton and Hove Albion||1|
|Hernandez, Cucho||Watford FC||1|
|Sarr, Ismael||Watford FC||1|
|Chalobah, Trevoh||Chelsea Football Club||1|
|Player||Team||Red cards||Yellow cards|
|Tarkowski, James||FC Burnley||0||1|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||0||1|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||0||1|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton and Hove Albion||0||1|
|Marcal, Fernando||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||1|
|Gudmundsson, Johann||FC Burnley||0||1|
|Kucka, Juraj||Watford FC||0||1|
|Cooper, Liam||Leeds United||0||1|
|Milner, James||Liverpool FC||0||1|
|Shaw, Luke||United manchester||0||1|
|Sema, Ken||Watford FC||0||1|
|Mings, Tyrone||Aston Villa||0||1|
|Etebo, Oghenekaro||Watford FC||0||1|
|Cantwell, Todd||Norwich city||0||1|
|However, Ki-Jana||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||1|
|Pogba, Paul||United manchester||4|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||2|
|Mother, jacob||Brighton and Hove Albion||2|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||1|
|Cleverley, Tom||Watford FC||1|
|Lindelof, Victor||United manchester||1|
|Pereira, Ricardo||Leicester City||1|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea Football Club||1|
|Dallas, Stuart||Leeds United||1|
|Townsend, Andros||Everton FC||1|
|Westwood, Ashley||FC Burnley||1|
|Pinnock, Ethan||Brentford fc||1|
|Bailey, Leon||Aston Villa||1|
|Adams, Che||Southampton FC||1|
|Iwobi, Alex||Everton FC||1|