After missing out on the game against Standard Liege this past weekend, the reason for Percy Tau’s absence has been revealed.
Belgian publication Voetbal Nieuws reports that the attacker pulled a muscle in training during the week and will be sidelined for at least two weeks while he recovers.
The 26-year-old has established himself as one of the key players for giants Anderlecht this season. He has scored four goals in the 13 games that he has featured in and coach Vincent Kompany has been using him in a more creative role behind strikers.
Tau is familiar with this role having played it during his time with second tier side Royale Union Sain-Gilloise in his first season in Europe.
It remains to be seen whether the striker will finish his loan this season with the possibility of Brexit happening which might alter the rules to allow him to acquire a work permit to play in the English Premier League with Brighton and Hove Albion.
Graham Potter’s men currently sit in 16th position on the table with 10 points earned from the first 10 league games this season. Potter recently came out saying he is monitoring Tau’s situation closely.
“As a club, we are certainly aware of his performance. We have a loan manager who follows up very well, but our technical director and scouts also look at him closely. I am aware that he’s playing well at the moment, he’s scoring goals and enjoying the football so that’s good,” he explained.
Speaking to Belgian media before the game coach Kompany also gave an explanation for his absence.
“Percy Tau is already withdrawn. It is obviously a big loss because he is one of the leaders of the team, one of the rare players with experience and who has already proved quite a bit at Belgian level. But, at the same time his absence opens up opportunities for other players as well and I prefer to see it that way,” said Kompany.
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