By Danny Wright
Brighton manager Chris Hughton has confirmed that defender Shane Duffy is likely to take part against West Ham on Friday night when the two sides meet at the London Stadium.
Duffy, 25, was an injury doubt ahead of the clash after he was substituted off in the 1-1 draw with Everton last weekend and hasn’t been in training since.
However Hughton has been indirectly quoted by Brighton’s official Twitter account as confirming that the senior player is likely to take part in training on Thursday and the AMEX boss is “hopeful” that he will be available to play against the Hammers in what is no doubt a major injury boost for the newly promoted side.
#BHAFC manager Chris Hughton confirms Shane Duffy hasn't trained, but is hopeful he'll train today and be available for West Ham.
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) October 19, 2017
Duffy had played every minute of every Premier League game before he was taken off the pitch against Everton last weekend when his side fought to a hard-earned 1-1 draw.
The ex-Evertonian has made eight appearances this term for the south coast side since they secured their first ever promotion to the Premier League and has put in solid displays against the likes of West Brom and Newcastle.
West Ham will be hoping to pick up three points on Friday night to pull them away from the bottom three and above Brighton in the process.
A win could realistically see Slaven Bilic’s side rise as high as 10th in the Premier League table.
In other West Ham news, this Irons senior player has admitted that he is open to leaving the club in January.