Date: 14th December 2016 at 7:16am
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Midfielder and Israeli international Beyam Kayal is hopeful of making a return from injury sooner rather than later given his recent progress.

The 28 year old last played for Brighton in September’s two nil victory over Barnsley, but having returned to training ahead of schedule following his ankle injury, he’s now looking to impress himself on manager Chris Hughton and get a much earlier than anticipated first team return.

Speaking to the Official Site whilst his colleagues were gearing up for yesterday evening’s Championship clash against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, Kayal explained.

‘I`m actually really enjoying it now, it was a tough time for me to be outside of the game. I`ve really missed playing and training with the lads. I`m so happy to be coming back quicker than what we`d thought, because the specialist thought I`d be out for 12 weeks, but I`m back within nine weeks. The last seven or eight weeks have been tough for me, but I`ve tried to remain positive. I trained with the physio every day, everyone helped me and I just want to say thanks. I`m now back in full training with the team, with no pain, but I need to pick up the speed again and then I`ll have the power and confidence back.’

With his spell on the sidelines, there is obviously a frustration that he can’t play his part in our great start to Championship life in 2016/17, but with ongoing form from his colleagues it does mean he’s been able to watch on pleasurably as we continue to take solid results and put in good performances.

He admits himself that’s a far better mindframe to be in when you’re out injured, but of course the flipside is as he returns to fitness there’s a big battle on to regain his starting spot.

‘I`m happy for the boys, they`ve done very well. We`re in second place and have shown the strong squad we have this season. Watching the team go on a good run makes it easier when coming back from injury, rather than watching them struggle. Hopefully me and Liam Rosenior, who is also back soon, can come back into the team and help with the club`s push forward again.’

As for competition and that issue, he ended by saying.

‘You need that competition over 46 games. Last season we had maybe 15 or 16 fit players in weeks where we`d have to play three games, but we now have enough for the rotation we need. One of the things the manager did this season was make sure the squad was bigger, because it`s not just about 11 players. At the moment, it`s working very well and we`re using the rotation in our squad exactly when we need it.’

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