Re­turn of Dunk is wel­comed by boss

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

PRE­MIER LEAGUE: Brighton boss Chris Hughton has praised Lewis Dunk’s de­sire to over­come in­jury af­ter the de­fender re­turned from an an­kle prob­lem in un­der two weeks.

Cen­tre-back Dunk missed last week­end’s loss at Liver­pool af­ter limp­ing off dur­ing the win over Manch­ester United a fort­night ago. The in­flu­en­tial 26-year-old was a ma­jor doubt for Satur­day’s 2-2 draw with Ful­ham, but man­aged to play the full 90 min­utes, cap­tain­ing the side.

De­spite Dunk be­ing at fault for the Cot­tagers’ sec­ond goal, Al­bion boss Hughton was re­lieved to have him avail­able again.

“He’s a very tough in­di­vid­ual and that’s why he was able to get back in this pe­riod of time,” said Hughton. “The in­jury, thank­fully, wasn’t as bad as we thought it first might have been.

“He’s some­body who’s not used to be­ing in­jured and gen­er­ally, when he’s had in­juries, he’s back in the quick­est amount of time.

“Prob­a­bly for the in­jury he had, there isn’t any­body that’s go­ing to get back quicker than that.”

Al­bion came from two goals down against the Cot­tagers with Glenn Mur­ray’s dou­ble can­celling out goals ei­ther side of half-time from An­dre Schur­rle and Alek­san­dar Mitro­vic.

They also missed a firsthalf penalty, with Gross’ ef­fort be­ing tipped wide by vis­it­ing goal­keeper Mar­cus Bet­tinelli.

Ful­ham have now taken four points from their open­ing four Pre­mier League matches fol­low­ing pro­mo­tion.

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