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Saturday 14 December 2019

Optimism about Aaron

Aaron Connolly is back training ahead of the trip to Liverpool
Aaron Connolly is back training ahead of the trip to Liverpool

Brighton boss Graham Potter hopes Aaron Connolly will not face too long on the sidelines.

The 19-year-old forward was forced to pull out of international duty with the senior Republic of Ireland squad because of a groin injury. Connolly had impressed for the Seagulls before he picked up the problem during the 3-1 defeat at Manchester United.

Potter, though, remains optimistic the young talent will soon be back in action, potentially in time for the trip to Anfield.

"Aaron Connolly will miss the game this weekend with the same groin problem from the Manchester United game," the Brighton manager said. "Hopefully he will be back for next weekend."

Belgian winger Leandro Trossard, though, is expected to be involved after sitting out the Euro 2020 qualifying fixture in Russia. Potter reported no other fresh injury concerns following the international break, but captain Lewis Dunk will miss the Leicester match through suspension after the defender collected a fifth caution.

"Shane Duffy and Davy Propper are also back fine. (Steven) Alzate got back late last night, but he is okay too," the Brighton boss added. "Bernardo has been back in training this week, but the weekend is too soon for him."

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