The key talking points from the Albion manager's press conference.
At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton delivered the team news, spoke about Uwe Huenemeier’s long road to recovery, highlighted the perfect opportunity facing his young players and spoke about the threat from Oxford.
Team news: “There was no malice in the challenge, but it was a misplaced one and he was very sore afterwards. We’ll find out over the next couple of days. He’s a tough one, Liam [Rosenior], but we certainly hope it settles down over the next few days.
“It certainly causes us a problem. We’re not too far away with Connor [Goldson], he’s regularly training. Uwe [Huenemeier] will be involved with us, which is a big bonus.
“So we’ve got our two centre-halves that have been out for a long period of time, that are both very close. Sometimes needs must and you have to throw somebody in, when you would probably want that little more time.
“So that’s the good news. We’ve got the international break coming up, which will come at a decent time.”
Uwe’s road to recovery: “It was a difficult one. You can only go by what the specialists say and they felt it would be best to go down the conservative route, which meant no operation and treating it with rehab.
“They were very comfortable and confident that he’d come through that, and get back playing stronger. But it became evident that after a long period, the problem wasn’t going away.
“He had a couple of periods where he reached a level, but he wasn’t able to reach the one after that.
“Consequently, he ended up having the operation, so that period went on a lot longer than what we first thought. But we could only go on what the specialists said, and I think the way they diagnosed it at the time was right.”
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Chance for youngsters: “In their under-23 games that they’ll play, there will be stronger teams that are going to test them, but stepping up into the first team group is the biggest test they can have.
“It isn’t just about their ability on the ball, it’s also about the other things and how they can handle being in that first team group with a little bit more pressure on them. Sometimes you don’t know until they step up, but I thought all three of them were excellent [against Colchester].
“I think there will be a good crowd there tonight and this will be the best type of stage for them.”
Oxford test: “I expect nothing short of a very difficult game. They’re a good side and are able to mix their game up a bit. They need to have some physicality at the level they play at, and they’re a good passing team too.
“I don’t think the manager would have it any other way. So I expect a tougher game than what we had in pre-season; that’s no disrespect to them, because I thought we were very strong in the game.”