Aaron Connolly Returns To Brighton Fold For Watford Clash After Missing Opener Against Burnley

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Connolly was not in the matchday squad for the league opener against Burnley

Aaron Connolly returns to Brighton fold for Watford clash after missing opener against Burnley
Connolly was not in the matchday squad for the league opener against Burnley

Republic of Ireland forward Aaron Connolly will be back in contention for selection against Watford having missed Brighton’s win over Burnley last weekend due to personal issues.

While Ireland team-mate Shane Duffy returned to the fold and started in the 2-1 comeback win last Saturday, the 21-year-old Galwegian was a notable absentee.

But Brighton boss Graham Potter has confirmed that Connolly is available for selection again for the Seagulls’ 5.30pm kick-off at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

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“Yes,” he replied when asked if the Ireland forward was available for the weekend, adding that the reasons for his absence against Burnley were “personal”.

“But it’s been resolved and he’ll be in the squad for the weekend,” Potter added.

Potter added that Danny Welbeck and Tariq Lamptey remain sidelined with hamstring problems.

He also hailed Watford counterpart Xisco Munoz for quickly handing the Hornets a new “identity” and admitted his side must be wary of this weekend’s visitors.

“They are very strong. They might be newly promoted, but it wasn’t so long ago that they were in the FA Cup final and finishing in a good position in the Premier League,” said Potter.

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“They have some high-quality players and it’s not like they are not used to this level.

“They’ve done a great job getting promoted at the first time of asking.

“They’ve created an identity and a clarity of playing that suits the players they have, they’ve done really well and will be tough opposition for us.”

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