Anxious wait for Brighton's Ryan, Sanchez

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Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan is no closer to knowing whether he will be reinstated to Brighton's starting line-up against Burnley in Friday's Premier League clash.

First-choice Ryan was dropped for the Seagulls' 2-1 loss to Tottenham Hotpur with Brighton manager Graham Potter opting instead for Robert Sanchez.

While striker Neal Maupay is set to return up front after being left out of the Spurs game, Potter gave no indication who his No.1 would be.

"There's competition for places, there's decisions to be made," Potter said. "You try to make them with the best intentions and then you're looking for everyone to react as positively as you can.

"I must say of the group we have here the professionalism and the togetherness is really, really strong and then everyone just gets on with it and tries to make my job difficult by playing really well.

"We've been in this position before. You can go a long time between wins and I think then how you work, how you react, how you stick together is so, so important."

Potter insists the Burnley clash is not a desperate scrap between two struggling sides.

Both clubs go into the game at the Amex Stadium hoping to end long winless runs after disappointing starts in the Premier League.

The Seagulls have won just once this term, against Newcastle on September 20, while Sean Dyche's Clarets are winless and sitting bottom with just one point.

Yet Potter feels it is too early in the campaign to start writing teams off and says neither club will be panicking.

"I think both myself and Sean would say it would be great to win the game, that's normal, because it's the next one and with where the league table is at the moment, but at the same time we are seven or eight games in and there is a long way to go," he said.