Goldson poised for Premier League return after heart surgery

Brighton defender Connor Goldson is poised to make his Premier League debut on Saturday, just nine months after undergoing heart surgery.

Goldson required a preventative operation in March after a problem was discovered in routine cardiac screening by the Seagulls which left him fearing for his career.

The centre-half, who turned 25 on Monday, made his playing comeback in two Carabao Cup games earlier this season.

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And with Shane Duffy suspended after collecting five bookings this term, Goldson looks set for a dream top-flight debut in this weekend’s home game against Watford.

“Connor has trained very well,” said manager Chris Hughton.

“He was unfortunate last season to miss a large period but he’s been ready for some time, he played for the under-23s last week.

“That’s why those not in the side have to train hard and be prepared. When the opportunity comes you have to be ready for it.”

Connor Goldson, second left, chats to his Brighton team-mates before the game against Burnley
Connor Goldson, second left, chats to his Brighton team-mates before the game against Burnley (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Goldson was diagnosed with an enlarged aorta in January, a condition which, had he carried on playing without having surgery, could have killed him.

“The best news was that it was a condition picked up by our scanning process, and that he has made a 100 per cent recovery,” added Hughton.

“He will look back on the football he has missed appreciating what he has gone through and looking forward to getting back playing.

“He’s a good player and we are delighted with his progress.”

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