Date: 14th April 2016 at 4:11pm
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Bobby Zamora’s return to Brighton was always likely to come with him being used sparingly, with it never hidden by Chris Hughton that we would have to ‘manage’ the veteran striker wisely using him in the right games at the right time with him sitting out others completely.

Zamora hasn’t started for Brighton since February with him limited to just 22-minutes in the past nine-matches Albion have played.

The exact nature of Zamora’s injury setback wasn’t being revealed until now with the Argus informed by Hughton an ongoing hip injury, which troubled him at QPR last season, has caused problem to him this season too

‘It`s his hip. It certainly comes and goes. When we chose to take him in the summer he`d had it for part of last season (with QPR) but was available for a lot of games. When we look over the season so far, Bobby has actually been available for a very high percentage of games. It`s just been a decision at times not to play him, have him on the bench, to use him sparingly.’

Had this been unexpected it would have been different but Hughton’s stressed the club were well aware of this condition before he returned to Brighton with the form of others helping to compensate for his absence.

Nevertheless the boss added he thinks he’s been managed well.

‘The early form of Sam (Baldock) and Tomer (Hemed) helped. It`s not something we didn`t know and it`s just about managing it. We have managed it, I think, very well over the season. He`s had two or three flare-ups from that, which we expected.’

At 35, and with his documented injury issues in the past few years, Zamora wasn’t likely to have much longer left of his career.

You sense he’s in the home straight now with retirement coming in the summer?

What a way to bow out though (if he did) helping Brighton into the Premier League with his return (even though he’s not always been available) well worth it as the legend has definitely (sentiment aside) played his part this season hasn’t he!

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