Evan Ferguson: Brighton striker ruled out of Republic of Ireland's Euro 2024 qualifiers
Evan Ferguson has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland's upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers due to injury.
The Brighton striker, 18, sustained a knee injury in the Seagulls' 3-1 win over Newcastle, during which he became only the fourth teenager to score a Premier League hat-trick.
Having been assessed by the national team's medical staff, it has been decided he will play no part in the game against France in Paris on Thursday or the Netherlands in Dublin on Sunday.
Stephen Kenny's side sit third in Group B with three points from three games, behind current leaders France and second-placed Greece.
Ferguson has earned six senior caps since making his debut against Norway in November 2022.
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Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi, speaking after the 3-1 win over Newcastle:
"I'm happy for him [Ferguson] today, not just for the goals. Pleased for his performance, especially in the first half. He found the right positions. Newcastle defended 4-4-1-1, and there was space for him. He understood where the space was. He is working to complete his qualities.