Town Head Coach on his squad availability for the visit of Luton
- Carlos Corberán gives a pre-Luton team news update
- Head Coach on progress of Danny Ward, Alex Pritchard and Álex Vallejo
- Watch Carlos’ full press conference on #HTTV
Huddersfield Town Head Coach Carlos Corberán says Danny Ward could be involved in the squad for tomorrow’s Sky Bet Championship game against Luton Town.
The forward who returned for his second spell with the Club in the summer, is yet to make a league appearance this season having been sidelined with a hamstring problem over the last two months.
Ahead of the visit of the Hatters on Saturday, Carlos had a positive update on Danny’s recovery status.
“He came (back into) the group this week,” he said.
“He cannot make all the minutes the other players can make because he needs to progress more.
“We are going to do a test today (Friday) with more demanding training for him to see if he will be available for tomorrow.”
One player Carlos will be without for Saturday’s game is Alex Pritchard who has had a scan to reveal the extent of the ankle problem that forced him off at half-time of last weekend’s win at Millwall.
Speaking during his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon, Town’s Head Coach detailed the latest on the midfielder.
“He had an injury in the ankle, and I think he will miss around three weeks more.
“Alex played the first three games of the year, playing 90 minutes in each one and he made a fantastic effort for the team. He started to grow as a player after this.
“He played the second half against Birmingham with a positive performance, then against Millwall with, for me, the best minutes he had on the pitch for the team.
“Of course, when you lose a player, you are disappointed but especially Pritchard because he’s a player that was growing in the right direction. I hope we can have him back as soon as possible.”
Another player that won’t be available for selection against Luton is new signing Álex Vallejo who has trained for a week following his quarantine period upon arrival from Spain.
Having undergone a 14-day period in quarantine following his move, he completed just over half-an-hour during the B Team’s trip to Grimsby on Wednesday as part of his preparations in getting up to match fitness, but Carlos says the Terriers need to be patient in integrating the 28-year-old into the squad.
“With Álex Vallejo we need to be very calm because it’s a player that went a long time without playing and then he had to work by himself (in quarantine). The next step is for him to play collective football.
“We need to be patient; he played some minutes the other day with the B Team and unfortunately turned his ankle, so he missed some minutes that we wanted to give to him.”
“We need to be thinking he’s in the start of his preparation so we cannot be thinking with him in the squad.”