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Ireland's attacking duo Connolly and Idah set to return from injury

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Brighton forward Aaron Connolly has struggled for goals. Photo: PA

Brighton forward Aaron Connolly has struggled for goals. Photo: PA

Brighton forward Aaron Connolly has struggled for goals. Photo: PA

Stephen Kenny's attacking options will begin to improve this week when injured duo Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah step up their recovery.

Connolly has missed Brighton's last four games with an injury sustained in the 3-3 draw with Wolves, where he scored his side's first goal but was forced off at half-time.

Seagulls manager Graham Potter has confirmed that the Galway native is back in full training and will be able to rejoin the squad for tomorrow's Premier League game at home to fellow strugglers Fulham. Connolly is not expected to be in contention for a starting spot, but should be on the bench.

Idah has been sidelined for 11 weeks with a knee injury which he sustained on Ireland duty in November. Just as he was making progress in his rehab, he was hit with a second blow as he tested positive for Covid-19.

But the Cork native is now back in training with Norwich and, eager to lift the mood after a disappointing FA Cup exit last weekend, boss Daniel Farke hopes to recall him and fellow injury victim Teemu Pukki against Middlesbrough at the weekend.

"We desperately need a full week now to find some solutions," Farke said after the cup loss to Barnsley.

"We have done this throughout the season but it is a tricky situation, not just injuries to key players but the Covid situation as well. There is hope Teemu and Adam will be available for Middlesbrough."

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