Alexis Mac Allister is ‘unlikely to return for Brighton until the New Year with the club keen to give him time to celebrate with his friends and family’ following his World Cup heroics with Argentina in Qatar

Brighton’s World Cup hero Alexis Mac Allister is not expected to return to the club until at least the New Year, with the Seagulls happy for him to celebrate his side’s victory earlier in December. 

Mac Allister – who assisted one of the best ever World Cup final goals – has been permitted the chance to spend time with his friends and family, as well as come to terms with the fact that he is now a world champion, according to the Athletic

The Seagulls’ star drew widespread praise and even made Sportsmail’s team of the tournament, but the club put themselves in a strong position to keep him at the Amex stadium by tying him down to a long-term deal in October.  

Brighton are set to be without Alexis Mac Allister until at least the New Year after his World Cup heroics

Brighton are set to be without Alexis Mac Allister until at least the New Year after his World Cup heroics

Having won the World Cup on penalties on Sunday after a thrilling 3-3 encounter with France, the Albiceleste embarked on extensive celebrations fitting of securing their third ever title. 

And Brighton are thought to be eager to allow their young star to revel in his feat until at least the New Year, despite a hectic resumption of club football. 

After arriving in Buenos Aires, Lionel Scaloni and his team embarked on an open-topped bus tour of the Argentine capital to share their triumph with thousands of fans. 

The Brighton youngster started six of his side's seven games missing only the shock loss to Saudi Arabia

The Brighton youngster started six of his side’s seven games missing only the shock loss to Saudi Arabia

Roberto de Zerbi’s side are in action just three days after the showpiece final took place at the Lusail Stadium, with a Carabao cup tie against League One’s Charlton. 

The clash with the Latics is then followed by three games in nine days, including trips to Southampton and Everton either side of a home tie with league leaders Arsenal. 

Irrespective of his nation’s triumph in Qatar, he would not have been called upon for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup action.

Mac Allister provided the assist for Angel Di Maria's goal to make it 2-0 to Argentina on Sunday

Mac Allister provided the assist for Angel Di Maria’s goal to make it 2-0 to Argentina on Sunday

After initially arriving at the Amex in 2019, Mac Allister spent two successive spells away on loan in his home country, before nailing down a spot in the side at the start of 2021-22, when he became one of the Seagull’s more prominent players. 

So far this season he has appeared in all 14 of De Zerbi’s sides Premier League matches, scoring five times in the process, including a brace against Leicester in September. 

The Seagulls will also be without Danny Welbeck for the trips to Charlton and Southampton, after the English forward picked up a minor injury in a mid-season encounter with Aston Villa in Dubai.  



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