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Brighton weigh up Hammers choices

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Graham Potter appear to have just one key decision to make ahead of the match against us on Wednesday evening at the London Stadium.

Right wing back Tariq Lamptey produced a man of the match performance against Leeds but there is no certainty over his inclusion against the Hammers.

Having suffered a long term hamstring injury he will  be assessed as two intense games in quick succession maybe considered too much for him.

In fact he has only made three starts this season following a long-term hamstring injury.

Striker Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and midfielder Steven Alzate (ankle) remain long-term injuries and the duo have not featured since both were injured in the 1-1 away draw at Palace.

“Everybody is fine from the game Leeds) and new worries, “ said Potter. “Both players [Alzate and Welbeck] have responded really well. They are getting closer and I think in the next couple of weeks I would like to think they can rejoin first team training.

“They are doing well and we are pleased with that.”

Aaron Connolly will also hope to force his way into Potter’s thinking. The Ireland international has recovered from a heel injury sustained in the Carabao Cup at Leicester but is yet to feature in a Premier League matchday squad.

“Aaron is in contention,” said Potter. “He had an injury and little loss of form and confidence. He’s had a bit of what Neal [Maupay] has had in terms of criticism when he has missed or chances have gone away from him.

“But he is 21-years-old. We forget that these are young guys and still learning how to be top players in a top league. They are not the finished article but he is working hard, he has the support of the team and will be in contention.”

West Ham’s only injury worry is Aaron Cresswell who faces a late fitness test course beyond central defender Angelo Ogbonna who sadly looka out for the season.


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