YVES BISSOUMA is in line to play for Brighton on Saturday – the first fixture since his arrest on suspicion of sexual assault.
Bissouma, 24, is currently on police bail having been arrested during a night out in the Sussex town last week.
While the authorities continue with their investigations, the midfielder has returned to training with the Seagulls.
And though the allegations are of a serious nature, Brighton will continue to follow the due process of the judicial system.
That means the Mali international – a £40million target of Arsenal and Liverpool – will remain available for selection while the process plays out.
The Premier League club are aware of the optics of fielding someone who is currently on bail for an alleged sexual offence.
As a club, Brighton have always engaged with their community and are run with sound morals and they would always look to continue operating in that way.
But there is also a responsibility to an employee, and the fact of the matter is Bissouma is only on police bail until November 3 so should be allowed to work without prejudice.
The midfielder had missed two matches before the international break with a knee injury, but SunSport understands that has cleared up and he has returned to training.
Now manager Graham Potter will have to decide if he will name one of his most influential players in his plans for the trip to Norwich this weekend.
Potter is due to hold a press conference on Thursday where he is likely to field questions about the availability of his player.
Sussex Police say a man in his 20s and a man in his 40s had been released after the arrest on October 6.
A spokesperson said: “A man in his 40s and a man in his 20s, both from Brighton, were arrested and have been released on conditional bail until November 3 while enquiries continue.”
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