Brighton and Hove Albion star Steven Alzate underwent surgery on his ankle injury and could return sooner than expected.

That’s according to journalist Juliana Salazar Meza, who says ‘everything indicates’ that his recovery from the injury will be shorter than expected.

Alzate limped out of Brighton’s clash with rivals Crystal Palace before the international break with an unknown injury.

The injury was a massive blow for the young midfielder, who had been set for a surprise inclusion in Reinaldo Rueda’s Colombia squad.

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Brighton boss Graham Potter had commented afterwards, suggesting the player was set for an extended period of time.

It seems that will not be the case, though, with Salazar providing details on the player’s surgery yesterday.

“Colombian-British player Steven Alzate underwent surgery on his left ankle yesterday,” she wrote on Twitter.

“Everything seems to indicate that his recovery will be shorter than initially thought. Everything is still awaiting developments.”

That should provide Brighton fans with some optimism after it appeared Alzate was set for an extended period on the sidelines.

The Colombian may not have been a regular so far this season, but Potter will need everyone available if the Seagulls are to continue their strong start to the season, and having him back from this injury sooner than anticipated would help in that regard.