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HUGHTON'S NEAR CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH

23 November 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton will have both Pascal Gross and Davy Propper fit and available for Saturday’s with Leicester City at the Amex Stadium. 

The boss provided a team news update, reflected on Lewis Dunk’s involvement with the England side, praised the duo of Maty Ryan and Glenn Murray and more when he met the media on Thursday afternoon.

Both Jonny Phillips from Sky Sports and Adam Cottier from Premier League Productions asked for an update on team news ahead of the game with the Foxes, and Hughton revealed that he’d have two midfielders back and eligible for selection this weekend.

“Both Pascal Gross and Davy Propper are back training and at this moment Alireza Jahanbakhsh is the only one not training. We’ve also had some players away on international duty that have missed this week, they did a light session on Thursday. 

“But everyone else is back in training and that of course means that I have a decision to make this weekend. 

“Pascal has trained for two weeks and he’s a very fit lad. The balance is about considering the amount of work he’s done and the contribution he can give to the team.

“He’s fit to start at the weekend and he’s well clear of his injury now – he’s in good shape. What I have to do is make a decision this weekend based on all of those factors.”

Phillips of Sky Sports then asked the manager for his thoughts on Dunk’s exploits with the Three Lions after the defender made his national team debut against USA at Wembley Stadium last week. 

“His performance was nothing short of what I expected, he showed good composure – but there will be more testing games for him. 

“The reason he played is because of the level he’s now reached – he’s matured, and you do that by developing in the way he has over the last few years.

“He’s now in a position where he has to seize whatever chance he can – he thoroughly deserved it.”

Hughton then spoke to both Phillips and Cottier about the duo of Maty Ryan and Glenn Murray, praising both for their attitude and work ethic.

“Maty [Ryan] plays in a hugely important position and from the first day he arrived here he’s given himself the platform to go and perform because of his attitude. 

“He’s serious about the job he does – he likes a laugh and joke the same as everyone else, but we quickly learnt he was serious about the job he does, and if you do that then you always have an opportunity to do well." 

“Glenn [Murray] has been excellent for us, he’s another within the group who looks after himself very well. 

“All you can do is look after your body the best you can, and he trains very professionally to give himself every opportunity.”

The manager finished the broadcast section of his pre-match press conference by looking ahead to a period which sees his side play four consecutive matches against sides outside of the league’s top six. 

“We know that games at home bring more pressure to get results, as well as ones against teams outside the top six.

“That doesn’t mean you’ll get those results but we’re always realistic and we have to make the most of those opportunities. 

“We had a good spell but are now on the back of two defeats, so we know the level we have to reach.” 

Fans can watch the manager’s full look ahead to Saturday’s game with Leicester City at the Amex Stadium on Seagulls TV above – supporters can sign up to the service by clicking here.


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