Roberto De Zerbi is hopeful Albion’s injury woes are about to ease.

The Seagulls faced Sheffield United on Sunday without five what are thought to be relatively short-term absentees.

Evan Ferguson was added to a list which included Lewis Dunk, Tariq Lamptey, James Milner and Pervis Estupinan.

De Zerbi will continue to monitor their condition over the international break, after which Albion face a challenging trio of trips to Nottingham Forest, AEK Athens and Chelsea.

The Seagulls boss said: “We lost Evan but in Amsterdam he was not in perfect condition.

“I don’t know the time but I hope to find the injured players – Evan, Tariq Lamptey, Estupinan and Lewis Dunk – after the break.

“When we start the training, I hope and I think we can find them on the pitch.”

Ferguson has had hamstring and back issues and his fellow Irish teenage striker Mark O’Mahony replaced him on the bench on Sunday.

Dunk withdrew from England duty yesterday, ruling him out of Friday’s clash against Malta at Wembley and a trip to North Macedonia for their final Euro qualifier on Monday.

The skipper went down holding his groin late in the first half of the 2-0 win at Ajax last week.

Danny Welbeck, Solly March and Julio Enciso remain longer-term issues while Mahmoud Dahoud is facing a three-game Premier League ban after becoming the first Albion player to be sent off during De Zerbi’s tenure.