Albion suffered an early injury scare in their first pre-season friendly against Fortuna Dusseldorf in Austria tonight.

Star man Anthony Knockaert lasted only ten minutes.

The Championship player of the year as the Seagulls won promotion to the Premier League was hurt in a heavy tackle.

He limped off after treatment with a leg injury and was replaced by Kazenga LuaLua.

He left the ground on crutches, with his leg encased in a protective boot.

The setback for Knockaert overshadowed a 2-0 win for Albion, secured by two late goals in the space of two minutes by Jamie Muprhy and Tomer Hemed.

Scots winger Murphy cut inside to open the scoring in the 77th minute with a right-foot shot which Fortuna keeper Michael Rensing should have saved.

Hemed doubled the lead two minutes later, the Israeli striker converting Oliver Norwood's cross with a deft header with his back to goal.

Albion included new signing Markus Suttner, along with former Ingolstadt team-mate Pascal Gross, in the first half, when Dusseldorf dominated the chances.

Left-back Suttner was added to Chris Hughton's squad yesterday on a three-year contract.

Hughton played two different outfield line-ups for a half apiece in the run-out against the Bundesliga second division side.

Defender Connor Goldson made his first appearance since heart surgery in the second half team.

Steve Sidwell was booked with Albion 2-0 up for a full-blooded tackle in a competitive contest against the rugged Germans.

Albion first half (4-4-1-1): Maenpaa; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner; Knockaert (LuaLua 10), Stephens, Kayal, March; Gross; Murray.

Albion second half (4-4-1-1): Maenpaa; Rosenior, Goldson, Huenemeier, Bong; Murphy, Sidwell, Norwood, Skalak; Towell; Hemed.

Albion subs: Sanchez, LuaLua, Ince.

Dusseldorf: Rensing; Hoffmann, Ayhan, Fink, Kieswetter, Bodzek, Schmitz, Giesselmann, Hennings, Sobottka, Bebou. Subs: Schauerte, Neuhaus, Yildrim, Wolf, Bormuth, Majic, Lucoqui.