LEANDRO TROSSARD is reportedly set to be left out of Brighton’s squad for their clash with Liverpool on Saturday amid speculation around his future at the club.
The Belgian, 28, has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham in the January transfer window – with Arsenal also monitoring his situation.
Roberto De Zerbi is expected to address Trossard’s future on Friday[/caption]
He was an unused substitute in the Seagulls’ 4-1 Premier League victory over Everton at Goodison Park.
And Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi then left him out of his squad altogether for their 5-1 win against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup last weekend, with the head coach citing a calf problem.
According to The Mail, Trossard is now a serious doubt for the home game with Liverpool this weekend due to “concerns over the forward’s attitude”.
He has been training away from the rest of the squad while battling a slight calf problem.
But his fractured relationship with the club may be a bigger issue as a departure from the Amex grows more likely.
Trossard has contributed 25 goals and 14 assists in 121 appearances for Brighton since arriving from Genk for £15million in 2019.
His contract expires in the summer, although the club are understood to have the option of a 12-month extension.
Spurs have been linked with the Belgium international for some time as they bid to bolster their squad in an attempt to secure a top four place.
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Meanwhile, De Zerbi is expected to address Trossard’s future at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
After dropping him for the win over Everton, the Italian said: “Trossard is a good player but I want him at 100% of his possibilities.
“I don’t know if after the World Cup he is suffering from something but I didn’t see him at his maximum.
“I don’t know [if it is physical or mental] but I am a coach.
“To play with the best first XI is possible and for the moment I didn’t see him in the best condition to play.”
When he was left out of the squad for the Boro victory, the Brighton boss then said it was due to a calf injury.
The south-coast side are currently flying high in eighth in the Premier League table.
They will leapfrog Liverpool into seventh with a win on Saturday afternoon.