Date: 19th September 2017 at 9:19am
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Brighton centre half Uwe Huenemeier has said he’s relishing the chance for some game time in tonight’s EFL Cup tie with Bournemouth.

Having had to be patient so far this season with the form of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy in the heart of defence, Huenemeier hasn’t made an appearance so far this year, but he’s likely to be called on by manager Chris Hughton for the game later today as he looks to freshen things up, give others playing time and rest a few, and the German told the Official Site so everyone waiting for their chance would be doing their utmost to seize it if given the chance.

‘These cup games are a chance for the fringe players to play, so all of us are looking forward to it. Right now I can accept the situation, because I know Shane and Dunky are doing so well. They played really well last year too, so I just push as hard as I can to push them to better levels. Both of them are doing really well, and I just have to be ready if needed.’

Having picked up a groin injury during his first year at the club, the 31 year old admitted it was a tough time as he wasn’t able to establish himself, but he’s fit and raring to go now and he’s looking to show what he can do.

‘It could have been much better for me if I hadn’t been injured for such a long time, but that’s part of football. It was my first long-term injury, but right now I feel really good. We are now at the highest level, the Premier League, and you can’t say the team will wait for you when you come back from injury. We have four strong centre-backs. If no-one is making mistakes or getting injured the gaffer won’t change it. That’s how it is.’

With Connor Goldson coming back into the fray after not securing a loan away to build up his own form and fitness once more, Huenemeier said the Cup tie would a good opportunity for him to get some valuable minutes back under his belt.

‘It’s never easy when you always know at the beginning of the week you are not starting or not even involved, like Connor right now. Especially at his age – he is young and wants to play. I’m a bit older, a bit more experienced, I can probably cope with it a bit better than he does.’

He added.

‘When you’re not starting you just need to train every day and be in the best shape you can. It’s not easy, but we are both professionals. He is training well and looking forward to the game.’

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