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Potter welcomes returns of Dunk and Connolly

Graham Potter is well aware Brighton have not achieved anything yet despite receiving a contract extension this week.

Brighton captain Lewis Dunk will be back after serving a one-match suspension (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Brighton captain Lewis Dunk will be back after serving a one-match suspension (Gareth Fuller/PA)

By PA Sport Staff

Graham Potter will be boosted by the return of two key players for Brighton’s trip to Premier League leaders Liverpool on Saturday.

Leicester secured a 2-0 win at the Amex Stadium last weekend, with Seagulls captain Lewis Dunk missing the fixture after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season earlier in the month.

The centre-back will return for the clash against the Reds and talented young forward Aaron Connolly should feature too.

A groin injury had sidelined the Republic of Ireland striker, but the 19-year-old is fit again.

“It’s a big boost to have Lewis Dunk back this weekend,” Potter said at his pre-match press conference.

“He’s been great for us and anyone would miss their skipper, so we’re delighted to be able to have him back for selection.”

Brighton are set to be without Solly March and although Brazilian Bernardo featured for the Under-23s on Wednesday, he is still lacking match-fitness.

Potter added: “Aaron Connolly is back in the squad and training now too.

“We’ve got Solly March who has a bit of tightness in his groin so he’s doubtful at the moment for the weekend.

“Bernardo got his first 45 minutes last night but Saturday will come a bit too soon.”

Former Ostersund manager Potter, along with his backroom staff, has signed a new contract which will run until the end of the 2024-25 campaign.

He only took over from Chris Hughton in the summer but has led Brighton to fine victories over Everton and Tottenham this season.

While happy, the 44-year-old knows there is a long way to go with the club five points above the bottom three and in 12th position after 13 games.

Potter said: “We’ve still got a lot to do and from my perspective it’s a little bit strange because we haven’t done anything.

“I’m not one of those people that feels that secure by the length of the contract. I know the business we’re in.

“It’s a fantastic gesture and symbol and signal from the club that they believe in the potential we’re showing, so we’re delighted.”

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