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14 July 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was delighted to see Connor Goldson back in action after recovering from heart surgery, as the defender played the second half of their 2-0 victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf in Austria.

The Albion defender hadn’t featured since a 1-0 home victory over Cardiff City in January, after discovering the problem, and Hughton was pleased to hand the 24-year-old a return to the team.

He said, “I’m pleased for him because of last season. Once we found out the problem and he had the operation, we were then told he would make a 100% recovery.

“He’s been very good throughout pre-season and been his normal self. It was no surprise to see him playing well in the game, but of course it was a nice occasion for all of us and him.”

Anthony Knockaert left the field injured after just ten minutes, following a late challenge on the Frenchman, and Hughton gave an update on the winger’s current condition.

“It’s too early to tell at the moment. He’s a little bit sore and got some swelling on his ankle. We’ve had incidents in the past with Anthony where we thought it was going to be bad, but he’s always made good recoveries.

“We hope it’s the same with this one, but we certainly won’t know anything about the injury for another couple of days.

“There are certainly a few bumps and bruises from the game, but no more injuries as such. We expect all of them, apart from Anthony, to be training in our next session.”

Hughton was delighted to begin the pre-season schedule with a victory in Austria, and believes the week-long training camp was beneficial for his players, as they get ready for their Premier League debut next month.

“It was very physical and we played a team that were probably two weeks ahead of us, in terms of their pre-season training. This was their fourth game and only our first.

“It was a difficult game and we rode our luck a little bit in that first half. However, we were better in the end and it was a really good work-out for us.

“I’m really delighted with the second-half performance and that can happen in a game where the first half is a tight affair. We made changes at the break and then just waited for that opportunity.

“Once we got the first one, they tried to get back into the game. We really finished the game well and it was a competitive test for us - it was probably a game that could have gone either way.”

“It’s been a good week. The weather has been what we wanted, which has been good during the day. We’ve also had some downpours, which I think has helped and given us pitch conditions for really good training."

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