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HUGHTON: DUNK AND COLUNGA SET FOR ABERDEEN RETURN

23 July 2015



Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton expects to have both Lewis Dunk and Adrian Colunga back and available for Sunday's trip to SPL runners-up Aberdeen.

The pair missed tonight's 3-0 win over Crawley Town, but Hughton explained that both missed out with minor injuries.
 
He said, "Lewis has been involved in all of pre-season so far and took a whack in the Southampton game.

"He had to pull out of training yesterday and it's probably one if we desperately wanted him to play today, then he could have done, but we had to think about the weekend.

"We've got a tough game at Aberdeen and at this stage, particularly with Gordon Greer out at the moment, we couldn't take any chances. If Gordon had been fit, then I would've played him tonight.

"Adrian Colunga is very minor, he'll probably be training in the next couple of days."

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Gordon Greer, Jake Forster-Caskey and Andrew Crofts missed tonight's game and all three players are unlikely to feature for the trip north of the border, as too is Solly March, after he limped off with an ankle injury during the first half.

"Solly went over his ankle on the far side. He has looked very bright in pre-season, as he did at the start of the game. We hope he is okay, and my gut feeling is he's not too bad, but we'll have to wait until tomorrow to see.

"Gordon will train on Monday, and Jake will hopefully be back too. He also took a whack in training, which is disappointing after he came back later than the others.

"Jake is a very fit lad and he would've been involved in these last couple of games, but we have no doubts that once he’s back with good fitness, he'll slot right back in again."

Meanwhile, Hughton says he remains 'very confident' in landing key targets before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

"We still have a good period, whether we can bring everyone in before the Forest game remains to be seen, but we're working very hard to do that.

"I'm confident that we'll bring the players that we want, but it's a difficulty that every manager and every team faces.

"It's certainly not through a lack of knowledge or a lack of effort, and we're working very hard to try and get what we need. It's reliant on a lot of factors, but I'm very confident of bringing the right players in."

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