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Reported West Ham and Southampton target Solly March set to miss rest of season with knee injury

The Brighton prospect had reportedly been attracting plenty of Premier League attention this season.

Brighton & Hove Albion have been dealt a huge blow in their bid to earn promotion to the Premier League after manager Chris Hughton confirmed to the Seagulls' official website that star player and reported top flight target Solly March was out for the rest of the season.

The 21-year-old ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament during the club's draw with Derby County at the weekend, and Hughton described how much of a disappointment it will be that he will be sidelined for several months. 

"It's a huge blow for us; Solly has been in exceptional form in recent weeks, was catching the eye with some superb performances and we felt he was getting better with every game he played," he said. 

"One positive for Solly, with the advances in that area of sports medicine, is that he will come back from this injury as strong and fit as he has been - if not stronger."

March had been instrumental to Albion's fantastic start to the campaign, scoring three times. His form has helped Brighton make an unbeaten start to the season - which now stretches to 21 games after yesterday's draw with Queens Park Rangers, which March was absent for - which has left them in the automatic promotion spots.

However, with the division's top four seemingly changing positions every week, Hughton will have surely been relying on March to be one of several players that could guide the club towards promotion.

His injury is also a blow to several Premier League sides reportedly chasing his signature. The Mirror reported that Southampton were considering making a £7.5million move for the youngster, while The Argus recently stated that West Ham United and Stoke City were also keeping an eye on his progress. 

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