Stephen Kenny has revealed why Evan Ferguson pulled out of international action.

The Albion striker will miss Euro 2024 qualifiers versus France and Holland.


He went off in the later stages of Albion’s 3-1 win over Newcastle, in which he scored a hat-trick.

Ferguson appeared to be in discomfort after an awkward tangle with Kieran Tripper.

Kenny said there was more to it than that.

He told media covering the Irish national team: "It’s one he has been playing on, a patellar tendon. He felt after the other night that he was too sore, he couldn’t play.

“He came off, he just felt too sore. He felt it was too sore to participate and you have to respect that.”

Kenny’s bulletin will raise hopes among Albion fans that Ferguson will be available for their team’s trip to Manchester United a week on Saturday.

Seagulls boss Roberto De Zerbi is likely to give an update before heading to Old Trafford both on Ferguson and fellow striker Danny Welbeck, who missed the Newcastle game with a muscular issue.