To play Manchester United today, Marc Cucurella was unexpectedly inserted back into the starting lineup as left centre back.
When Potter addressed the Sky cameras before to kickoff, everything was explained. Koulibaly was not included in today’s starting lineup due to a knee injury, as the previous Brighton manager said Koulibaly felt a twinge in his knee late in the draw against Brentford.
Kalidou Koulibaly was substituted out in game against Brentford because, as Graham Potter put it, “He simply felt his knee at the tail end of the game.” It’s not terrible, but he shouldn’t play in this game just yet. #CFCAdam Newson (@AdamNewson) October 22, 2022
Despite the fact that it doesn’t sound terrible—Potter even admitted as much—this is a major setback for the modern game.
One of the games that might decide the fight for the playoff spots features a side that will be playing with the same formation that struggled against a weaker opponent in Aston Villa.