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Brighton confirm that Ferguson’s season is over

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Evan Ferguson will not play for Brighton & Hove Albion again this season and is highly likely to miss the Republic of Ireland’s June friendlies, as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.

The striker has been out of action since late March after suffering an injury against Liverpool and manager Roberto De Zerbi confirmed that he will not line out out for the Seagulls again this season.

Speaking ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Manchester City, De Zerbi revealed that Ferguson had been attempting to play through the pain barrier but that they have decided to end his season now in order to recover fully.

The Brighton boss said: “Evan felt pain in the ankle a lot of time and he tried to move on, to play with pain. But at the end he preferred to stop and to think about next season.”

Ferguson posted a picture of himself in crutches and wearing a protective boot on X this afternoon, with an accompany message describing it as a “frustrating” way to finish the season.

“It’s been a season of mixed emotions, taken plenty of lessons and positives from it but still frustrating that it has ended earlier than I wanted.

“Wishing the lads the very best of luck for the final few games. Counting down the days to pre-season and getting back to fitness!”

De Zerbi has been dealing with a lengthy injury list – with defender Pervis Estupinan also set to miss the rest of the season.

While Brighton did not put a date on Ferguson’s return, it looks highly likely that he will be sidelined for Ireland’s June friendlies with Hungary and Portugal.

With the FAI pushing the announcement of a new senior manager to September, John O’Shea is likely to be in charge for those two games but FAI Director of Football Marc Canham revealed that they have yet to agree a deal with O’Shea.

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