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Stephens A Question Mark For Seagulls

Stephens A Question Mark For Seagulls

Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s home Premier League game against Burnley.

He was a late withdrawal before last weekend’s draw with Watford but could be in contention to return against the Clarets.

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Jose Izquierdo, who has not featured since December 4, has returned to training following a knee problem but is unlikely to be involved.

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Albion boss Chris Hughton, who has admitted his side are in a relegation battle after posting just one win in their last 10 Premier League matches, expects a tense affair.

He said: “I’m expecting a tight game, because generally that’s what it has been. Even the home games against Burnley. The levels of the two clubs and the two teams have been relatively similar over the last seasons.

“They, of course, had an outstanding season last season (seventh) and testament to them, certainly with the budgets and what they have as regards the squad and the amount of players in the squad.

“I expect a hard-fought game. The fact we are at home you hope to take advantage of that. “Our home form has been good and we are on the back of a very good performance against Watford (0-0), but we expect a very tough game.”

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