Tariq Lamptey experienced a bittersweet return to the pitch with Brighton and Hove Albion, facing yet another setback just 35 minutes into his eagerly awaited comeback from an injury sustained during a UEFA Europa League clash against Olympique Marseille on October 5, 2023.
Anticipation surrounded Lamptey’s presence in the league match against Nottingham Forest in the English Premier League. However, his return was abruptly cut short when, in the 35th minute, he had to leave the field, making way for Jack Hinshelwood.
Despite the brevity of his appearance, Lamptey left an impact, showcasing his football prowess with a commendable 78% pass accuracy. Notably, he contributed three key passes into the final third and, impressively, found himself as the most fouled player on the pitch before being substituted.
The former Chelsea player’s unfortunate injury will undergo assessment on Monday, aiming to ascertain the severity of this latest setback. The uncertainty looms over Lamptey’s potential inclusion in the Black Stars team for the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, with his participation contingent upon further evaluation.
Scheduled to unfold in Ivory Coast between January and February 2024, the impending tournament holds the key to Lamptey’s international prospects, adding an element of suspense to his journey of recovery and potential return to competitive football.