Brighton & Hove Albion right-back Tariq Lamptey is nearing his first Premier League start in more than 10 months, according to the Sun journalist Tom Barclay.
Lamptey has made substitute appearances in each of the Seagulls' last two top flight fixtures after recovering from injury.
What's the latest news involving Lamptey?
Lamptey has not started a Premier League encounter since he was forced off the pitch with a hamstring injury at Fulham last December.
The 21-year-old was close to making his comeback prior to last season reaching its climax but suffered what proved to be a long-term setback in his recovery.
It was reported Lamptey had to undergo surgery to fix a tear to a tendon, ruling him out until the end of the campaign.
Lamptey's first appearance following his lay-off came in the Carabao Cup third round win over Swansea City last month, with him playing the first 45 minutes before withdrawing at half-time.
Brighton boss Graham Potter praised Lamptey following his long-awaited return and confirmed only keeping the full-back on the Amex Stadium pitch for the first half was a pre-match plan.
Lamptey, who is valued at £16.2million by Transfermarkt, went on to claim it was a special feeling to taste Premier League football for the first time this term when he came off the bench at Norwich City earlier this month.
What has Tom Barclay said about Lamptey?
Lamptey was not included in Brighton's matchday squad for last night's Carabao Cup fourth round exit at the hands of Leicester City, with Potter giving no reason for the right-back's omission.
Barclay, who has previously praised Lamptey's electric pace, believes the former Chelsea man's performance in last weekend's defeat to Manchester City showed he is ready to return to a Premier League starting line-up for the first time this season.
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He told GIVEMESPORT: "What I saw against Manchester City made me think he looks ready to start.
"As well as Joel Veltman has done in his absence, he's just not the same player.
"He just doesn't offer the same attacking threat as Lamptey does."
How have Brighton coped without Lamptey?
The south-coast club have started the new campaign in positive fashion, losing just two Premier League clashes.
Right-back Veltman has made eight appearances in all competitions this term, but Lamptey will have set his sights on regaining his place in Potter's side after a lengthy period on the sidelines.News Now - Sport News