Injury blow for Brighton's Elphick

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Tommy Elphick

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Tommy Elphick

Brighton defender Tommy Elphick requires a second operation on his Achilles tendon and could be ruled out for the rest of the season.

The 24-year-old had initial surgery in the summer after rupturing his Achilles at Notts County at the end of last season.

He said on his Twitter account: "Hope to get my operation done...asap. re-ruptured due to poor original surgery! devastated!"

Brighton-born Elphick, who came through the club's youth system, was a regular in the Seagulls' promotion-winning side last season.

He made his debut in a 5-1 defeat at Reading as an 18-year-old in December 2005.

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