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Aaron Connolly. Pic: Sportsfile

Aaron Connolly. Pic: Sportsfile

Aaron Connolly. Pic: Sportsfile

Ireland striker Aaron Connolly is free of injury and ready to play a role for Brighton in the next stage of the Premier League season, his manager has revealed.

It was feared that the Galway native would miss the entire Premier League season, and the planned international programme over the summer including Euro 2020 if Ireland had qualified, due to a knee injury.

But time off during the break enforced by Covid-19 has allowed Connolly make a recovery and boss Graham Potter says he hopes to see the ex-Mervue United man in action.

"He has come back well and worked hard after the break," Potter said of Connolly, as Brighton prepare to face Arsenal at home today.

"The physios have done a really good job on him.

"He is looking good, he is looking fit and strong and sharp and I think he can definitely help us over nine matches.

"He is a young player and a sprinter so you have to be careful with his recovery times.

"I think he will be ready to help us that is for sure," added Potter.

Connolly suffered a knee injury in March which required surgery but his rapid progress has put him in the frame for some game time this month, a boots for Potter but also for Ireland manager Stephen Kenny, who has previously worked with Connolly at U-21 level.