Date: 23rd July 2015 at 9:05pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has said that Lewis Dunk and Adrian Colunga should come back into contention this weekend as we take on Scottish Premier League runners up Aberdeen.

Both players missed the Crawley encounter last night that was comfortably won three nil, but Hughton revealed when speaking to the Official Site it was through injury – obviously hoping to put an end to the continuing speculation of Dunk moving to Craven Cottage given their recent rejected bid.

‘Lewis has been involved in all of pre-season so far and took a whack in the Southampton game. He had to pull out of training yesterday and it’s probably one if we desperately wanted him to play today, then he could have done, but we had to think about the weekend. We’ve got a tough game at Aberdeen and at this stage, particularly with Gordon Greer out at the moment, we couldn’t take any chances. If Gordon had been fit, then I would’ve played him tonight.’

Hughton went on to say that the issue Colunga has is ‘very minor’ and he expects him back in training by Saturday at the latest, so with the Aberdeen clash on the Sunday he should be fit to play some part in that even if it’s a late substitute run out.

Moving on to other injuries he’s contending with at the moment, he went on to discuss Solly March after he limped off in the firt half of the game last night after rolling his ankle.

He also confirmed that Gordon Greer, Jake Forster-Caskey and Andrew Crofts will likely continue to miss the next friendly against Aberdeen with their own knocks that ruled them out last night.

‘Solly went over his ankle on the far side. He has looked very bright in pre-season, as he did at the start of the game. We hope he is okay, and my gut feeling is he’s not too bad, but we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see. Gordon will train on Monday, and Jake will hopefully be back too. He also took a whack in training, which is disappointing after he came back later than the others. Jake is a very fit lad and he would’ve been involved in these last couple of games, but we have no doubts that once he`s back with good fitness, he’ll slot right back in again.’

Changing the subject, Hughton also gave a brief update on transfer plans for the coming weeks, saying that he remained ‘very confident’ of landing further key targets before the window shuts on September 2.

‘We still have a good period, whether we can bring everyone in before the Forest game remains to be seen, but we’re working very hard to do that. I’m confident that we’ll bring the players that we want, but it’s a difficulty that every manager and every team faces. It’s certainly not through a lack of knowledge or a lack of effort, and we’re working very hard to try and get what we need. It’s reliant on a lot of factors, but I’m very confident of bringing the right players in.’

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