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Brighton's Richie Towell set to be sent out on loan in January

The midfielder has struggled to make an impact in England.

Towell's sole league appearance for Brighton came in the first-leg of the Championship semi-final.
Towell's sole league appearance for Brighton came in the first-leg of the Championship semi-final.
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BRIGHTON MANAGER CHRIS Hughton says former Dundalk star Richie Towell may leave the club on loan, in order to get more first-team football.

The 25-year-old has been limited to just one league appearance since moving to the Championship club at the start of the year, with the arrivals of the experienced duo Steve Sidwell then Ollie Norwood further restricting his first-team opportunities.

But Hughton feels a temporary move may help Towell in the long run, after a couple of niggling injuries hindered the Dubliner’s progress on the south coast.

“He’s back out running now, so that’s good news. With the injury he had he could not train for a period of time, had to let the knee settle down, Hughton told local paper The Argus.

“We are hopeful there is no reaction once he is back in training. He hasn’t trained with the team – he is outside now doing his rehab – but at the moment he’s had no reaction.

“First and foremost it’s about him getting back fit, getting back into the squad and given us an opportunity to see him again, and then assess it in January.

“He is definitely a player we like. He’s been great around the place but, of course, he hasn’t had the games. It’s one we will have to think about.”

The attacking midfielder scored 29 goals last season as Dundalk completed a league and cup double, and claimed the PFAI Player of the Year award in the process.

(h/t: Balls)

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