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TEAM NEWS: TOWN vs FOREST

26 December 2016

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Coleman makes first Town start due to Ward illness

- David Wagner makes three changes to Huddersfield Town XI
- Joel Coleman makes competitive debut due to Danny Ward illness
- Michael Hefele & Tareiq Holmes-Dennis also return

Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner has made three changes to the starting line-up for today’s Boxing Day clash with Nottingham Forest; 3pm kick-off at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Goalkeeper Danny Ward loses his ever-present record this afternoon due to illness, so Joel Coleman (pictured) makes his competitive debut for Huddersfield Town in goal; the 21 year-old joined the Club from Oldham Athletic in the summer.

As a result, Development Squad goalkeeper Luke Coddington is among the substitutes today following the conclusion of his recent loan spell at Wrexham; he takes number 39.

The other two changes come in defence, where Tareiq Holmes-Dennis and Michael Hefele replace Chris Löwe and Jon Gorenc Stanković. Both Löwe and Stanković are substitutes today.

David Wagner is without the services of Sean Scannell (ankle), Mark Hudson (hamstring) and Joe Lolley (foot) today, although Hudson and Lolley are back in training.

Town’s team vs Nottingham Forest:
13. Joel Coleman
2. Tommy Smith (c)
6. Jonathan Hogg
9. Elias Kachunga
10. Aaron Mooy
12. Tareiq Holmes-Dennis
17. Rajiv van La Parra
21. Nahki Wells
26. Christopher Schindler
44. Michael Hefele
45. Kasey Palmer

Substitutes:
Luke Coddington, Philip Billing, Harry Bunn, Martin Cranie, Chris Löwe, Jack Payne, Jon Gorenc Stanković

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