Brighton boss Graham Potter has confirmed striker Neal Maupay was left out of the team beaten at Spurs last Sunday because of “an incident”.
Potter initially maintained the 24-year-old, the club’s leading scorer this season with four goals, was left out for tactical reasons.
But, speaking ahead of Friday’s home game against Burnley, the Seagulls boss conceded there had been an issue with the marksman.
“He has trained with us this week and accepts it wasn’t his finest hour,” Potter said.
He added: “I think when I use the word ‘tactical’, it can be seen as 4-2-3-1, a system or a formation.
“Sometimes you have to make decisions that are right for the group.
“But sometimes mistakes are made and tempers are high, people get frustrated and emotional, which you want to a certain extent.
“We are in professional sport at the highest level and sometimes the line gets crossed and it is how you react to that.
“There is no problem with Neal. It is something we have deal with as an incident and moved forward from it.”
Maupay, who signed from Brentford in 2019, is in the squad for Friday’s game.
Mee set to return for Clarets
By David Anderson
Ben Mee could make his long-awaited return from injury against Brighton tomorrow to give Burnley a welcome boost.
Mee has not played since the end of June because of first ankle and then thigh trouble and boss Sean Dyche claims the Clarets skipper is in contention to play at the Amex Stadium.
Burnley are bottom with just one point from six games and Dyche said: “He’s got a chance. He feels pretty good. Certainly injury-free wise, he’s good.
“He got some minutes in a behind closed doors game.
“It’s fair to say, he’s a very good player and will be a very important player going forward.”
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