Return of Dunk is welcomed by boss
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.