‘Trained today’: Graham Potter confirms 22-year-old has returned to training ahead of Manchester United clash

Graham Potter has confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Conor Gallagher has today returned to training ahead of the match against Manchester United this weekend.

The Blues face Erik ten Hag’s side tomorrow, with the winner certain to be finishing the weekend in the top four.

It will be Potter’s second personal meeting with United, with him already recording an opening day win as Brighton manager.

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The Red Devils are in a far better place now than they were then. They are coming into this game off the back of a 2-0 dominant victory over third place Tottenham.

The Blues meanwhile will be looking to return to winning ways after a 0-0 draw with London rivals Brentford.

Potter lost Gallagher early in the midweek fixture, with him forced off through illness. He claimed in his post-match interview that starting the midfielder was similar to starting the game with ten players.

Potter confirms Gallagher is back

Despite his tough outing on Wednesday, Potter has confirmed that he is back in contention for selection for tomorrow’s game.

He said: “We are still in the process of recovery. Pretty much as we were with Brentford. Conor [Gallagher] trained today so we will how he is over the 24 hours.”

The midfield battle is likely to be huge this weekend, and therefore Potter will be looking to not lose out by playing anyone below 100%.

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The Chelsea Chronicle’s predicted XI sees Gallagher starting from the bench, with Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic preferred as a pairing.

However, it will surely not be long until the 22-year-old is back amongst the starters, with him drastically improving his game since Potter came in.

It’s fair to say the new manager has been playing the midfielder in a position which more suits his game.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.