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Brighton boss Chris Hughton delivers potentially great news for Ireland

The ex-Ireland full-back is hopeful Shane Duffy is available for this weekend’s Premier League meeting with West Ham.

Duffy has become a key player for Ireland.
Duffy has become a key player for Ireland.
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BRIGHTON AND HOVE Albion manager Chris Hughton has given a positive update on the fitness of Ireland defender Shane Duffy.

The Seagulls defender came off with with a groin injury during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Everton, making him an injury worry ahead of the World Cup play-off against Denmark next month.

However, Hughton — capped 53 times for the Boys in Green — is hopeful that the Derry-born centre-half will be available for tomorrow’s Premier League fixture away to West Ham.

“At the moment we think he’ll be okay,” The Argus report Hughton as saying today. “He hasn’t trained. We’re hoping he’ll train this morning.”

It is a boost for Ireland boss Martin O’Neill as Duffy has emerged as one of the team’s most important players in recent times, with his performance in the win over Wales in Cardiff widely-praised.

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