Taricco injury blow for opener

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Mauricio Taricco has been ruled out of Brighton's showpiece friendly against his former club Tottenham on Saturday.

Albion's 38-year-old player/assistant-manager will miss the club's first senior game at their new Amex Stadium after he suffered ankle and shin injuries during a friendly against Paris Saint-Germain in Portugal last week.

"It's disappointing that I am not involved, because I like training and I like being fit. It is even worse at my age if you are missing training and fitness," Taricco told The Argus.

"But I got kicked and that's it. You get on with it."

The Argentine full-back does expect to be available for Brighton's first Championship game against Doncaster the following weekend.

"It's not too bad," he added. "It's getting better. Football-wise I can run straight but twisting and turning and kicking the ball is still painful, so it will take another few days I hope."

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