Burnley's relegation battle rivals dealt huge blow as star man ruled out for season

Burnley's relegation battle rivals Brighton & Hove Albion have been dealt a serious blow heading into the final fixtures of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, with reports suggesting their star full-back Tariq Lamptey will miss the rest of the campaign after undergoing hamstring surgery.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 10:58 am

The England U21 international, who signed from Chelsea in January 2020, got the season off to a flying start, with his exhilarating performances storming down the right flank capturing the attention of fans and pundits alike.

However, a hamstring tear suffered in mid-December saw the 20-year-old's season stopped in its tracks, and now The Athletic have reported that the full-back underwent surgery last weekend, which will see him ruled out of action for the rest of the campaign.

The Seagulls' 2-1 loss to Leicester City last weekend sees them sitting perilously in 17th place in the table, four points - but with a precious game in-hand - behind Burnley who picked up a precious point with a 1-1 draw against Arsenal last Saturday afternoon.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Tariq Lamptey of Brighton and Hove Albion and Josh Brownhill of Burnley battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Turf Moor on July 26, 2020 in Burnley, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Tariq Lamptey of Brighton and Hove Albion and Josh Brownhill of Burnley battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Turf Moor on July 26, 2020 in Burnley, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Both sides will be nervously looking over their shoulder at 18th place Fulham, who's recent resurgence has seen them move to the brink of escaping the relegation zone, following a shock 1-0 win against Liverpool at Anfield yesterday afternoon.

Certainly, the relegation battle looks like it could go down to the wire, and Burnley still have to face fellow scrappers Newcastle United and Fulham over the course of their final ten games of the Premier League season.

The Clarets return to action next Saturday evening, when they travel to take on Carlo Ancelotti's Champions League-chasing Everton.