Alireza Jahanbakhsh sidelined for Cardiff game, eager to up his game with Albion

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The Argus – BRIGHTON, The Iran winger believes there is more to come after a run of four games off the bench followed by four successive starts.

Anthony Knockaert hopes to regain his place on the right flank when the Seagulls visit Cardiff City on Saturday.

Jahanbakhsh adapting to Premier League life after moving from Holland, said: “I knew before it was going to be difficult to start off with.

“There is more pace here, and I just have to get used to it.

“That’s all that matters.

“Obviously I expect more from myself.

“Hopefully, in the games that come, I can give a better performance.”

Albion will be without record signing Alireza Jahanbakhsh for Saturday’s trip to Cardiff.

The Iranian winger went off with hamstring cramp towards the end of the 3-1 defeat at Everton.

Manager Chris Hughton said today: “Jahanbakhsh picked up a very slight strain. We were hopeful he would train this week but he hasn’t. He is probably likely to miss out.

“It’s a minor injury. We certainly don’t expect him to be ruled out for a period.”

Jahanbakhsh’s absence is likely to prompt a return to the starting line-up for Anthony Knockaert.

Iran have two friendlies during the forthcoming international break, against Trinidad and Tobago in Tehran next Thursday and versus Venezuela in Doha on Tuesday, November 20.

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