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Brighton boss Hughton plans Cup rotations

Brighton boss Chris Hughton says he'll rotate his squad for their Carabao Cup tie with Southampton tonight.

Several players are unavailable heading into tonight's game against the Saints, making Hughton's selection task a bit more difficult than anticipated.

He said, “I shall use the squad and it gives those that haven't played an opportunity to get competition levels under their belts.

“Bruno, [Florin] Andone, [Jose] Izquierdo and Dunky [Lewis Dunk] are all unavailable, so we're a bit lighter than what we would like to be.

“We have a couple of under-23 players that were involved last year that are not available either, so we've got a few decisions to make."

The Seagulls boss also expects young centre-back Ben White to also miss out through injury, but revealed that under-23 frontmen Aaron Connolly and Viktor Gyokeres will both come into contention.

“He [White] came off in the under-23 game against Arsenal. We were initially worried, but the good news is he's fine. I don't think he'll make Tuesday though.

“Viktor [Gyokeres] and Aaron Connolly will certainly be in the squad and come into the reckoning.

"Whether one of them will start, at this moment, I'm not sure. I've got a lot of thinking to do in terms of who's available and not take any chances."

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