Brighton boss Graham Potter has urged his players to get vaccinated after he lost a member of his family to the coronavirus. The Premier League reported 11 new cases in their latest batch of testing. Players are not forced to get vaccinated but Potter has recommended that everyone should be protected.

“For many reasons that’s the sensible thing to do,” Brighton boss Graham Potter said. “I have the first-hand experience of a family member who wasn’t vaccinated and unfortunately lost their lives with the illness. It’s something I would encourage, of course, and it’s important for everybody in their own situation to consider what to do.”

Joel Veltman was one of the many players that were forced to self isolate for their opening day win against Burnley. He will miss the weekend game against Watford as well after being deemed a close contact of a positive case. This weekend will be the first time that the Amex stadium will host a full hose in more than a year.

“I trust everything will be done that is possible in terms of keeping everybody safe,” he said. “I trust the club and the protocols that will be in place. It’s part of the next step of us trying to hopefully get through this situation and get back as close to normality as it can be.”

“They are very strong,” said Potter about Watford. “They might be newly promoted, but it wasn’t so long ago that they were in the FA Cup final and finishing in a good position in the Premier League.

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