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Brighton handed double boost

29th January 2019, 00:56 by Michael Holland

Brighton are set to welcome back first-choice goalkeeper Mat Ryan and defender Leon Balogun for tonight's clash with Fulham.

Australia international Ryan has not played since Boxing Day due to his participation in the Asian Cup with his country, while centre-back Balogun missed Saturday's FA Cup draw with West Brom because of illness.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton says Ryan has returned in "very good shape" and has no concerns about the condition of his number one.

"He's fine. Maty's one of these ones that because of where he plays his international football is used to travelling," said Hughton at his pre-match press conference.

"We've had this for the last couple of seasons where he's played on the back of a return flight from Australia a few days before.

"So, as regards him and his physicality, he's in very good shape."

Meanwhile, Iran winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh is still at the Asian Cup ahead of Monday's semi-final against Japan.

Jose Izquierdo (knee) and Bernardo (hamstring) also remain unavailable.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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