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Mystery over Vicente return
Albion return to action against Middlesbrough on Saturday week but will Vicente be there to join them?
The Seagulls could certainly do with their chief unlocker of defences, especially now that teams are setting up to stop them both at home and away.
Whether the enigmatic Spaniard will be available though remains a mystery, even to members of the inner sanctum at The Amex.
According to the latest update from manager Gus Poyet, Vicente is scheduled to resume full training with the squad after the international break, together with hamstrung leading marksman Craig Mackail-Smith.
The former Valencia playmaker cut a rather forlorn figure playing as a central striker in Mackail-Smith's absence in the opening match of the season, the Capital One Cup defeat at Swindon on August 14.
He came on a week later for the last eight minutes of Albion's first home game of the campaign, the goalless draw against Cardiff. We have not seen him since, because of a thigh tendon injury.
Poyet and his staff have not seen that much of Vicente either. He has been stuck for much of the time in the treatment room at the other end of the training ground at the University of Sussex sports complex at Falmer, across the road from the Stadium.
Poyet's assistant, Mauricio Taricco, said: "It must be a really difficult time for him, frustrating that he cannot be playing. The important thing is that he keeps looking forward and trying to get back and we are going to be there for him.
"He's quiet. It's difficult. He's not with us a lot of the time as well. We haven't got the greatest facilities in the world. All the injured players are on the other side of the training ground.
"You see him maybe when you are having lunch, not as often as in other places where the medical room is close to where everybody is. It's difficult to have a lot of contact with injured players so you don't really know a lot about it.
"Obviously, you know through the doctor and the physios, but you don't have that daily contact with the players that are fit, so it's difficult to say.
"We imagine that it's difficult for him, because when you are injured that is the worst time for a football player."
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