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BOOST FOR TOWN AS HOGG SET TO RETURN!

29 March 2017

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Great news for midfielder as investigations prove positive

- Good news on Jonathan Hogg injury
- Midfielder's diagnosis improved by team of specialists
- 'Hoggy' expected back on training pitch late this week!

Huddersfield Town and Jonathan Hogg have received fantastic news this week, with detailed investigations revealing the midfielder can return to the training pitch later this week following the injury he sustained at Bristol City.
 
The player was prone on the ground for nearly 14 minutes in the Sky Bet Championship game at Ashton Gate due to a severe-looking neck injury and he was initially diagnosed with a suspected break to a bone in his neck, which would have ruled Jonathan out for the rest of the 2016/17 season and beyond.
 
‘Hoggy’ was cleared to travel back to Yorkshire on the following day and has subsequently been in the care of expert neurosurgeons in the region.
 
Now, following a review of Jonathan’s imaging investigations and after seeing a consultant neurosurgeon in Leeds for a third opinion on his injury status on Tuesday (28 March), there is unified consensus to rule out any bony injury in Jonathan’s cervical spine.
 
That outcome has allowed revision of his recovery timeframes, Jonathan is expected to return to the pitches at PPG Canalside on Sunday (2 April).
 
Huddersfield Town’s Head of Medical Ian Kirkpatrick explained:
 
“The initial information, symptoms and summary down in Bristol Royal Infirmary suggested Jonathan had a fracture in his cervical spine. However, a detailed review with the specialists we use in the area, led by Consultant Neurosurgeon Mr Jake Timothy, has added to Jonathan’s diagnosis and rate of recovery.
 
“If there was any remote question over this, the specialists would say and we would err on the side of caution. However, a team of multi-disciplinary specialists – and an independent third opinion yesterday – gives us complete confidence.
 
“We can now lift the restrictions on Jonathan, with the aim of him returning to full training as soon as is safely possible.”
 
Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner added:
 
“This is absolutely brilliant news for the Club, but particularly for ‘Hoggy’.
 
“We were all very disappointed for Jonathan when he sustained a very serious-looking injury and the initial investigation ruled him out for a long time, but some of the country’s best experts have now given him the all-clear.
 
“It’s going to be brilliant to have him back on the training pitch with the team, hopefully late this week; it’s a real boost for Jonathan, his teammates and the fans!”
 
David continued:
 
“Added to that, it was good to have Aaron Mooy back with us early following international duty and Elias Kachunga is having no problems with his knee after coming off against Bristol City. Philip Billing is training well after a slight hamstring problem whilst with Denmark’s Under-20s and Michael Hefele looks strong after illness.
 
“We’ve also got Sean Scannell back soon after his minutes with the Under-23s, so I am happy with the options in the squad heading into a busy April.
 
“Hopefully Harry Bunn, Izzy Brown and Kasey Palmer will return in the next weeks too.”

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