Carlos Corberán provides a post-international break update
- Town Head Coach gives the latest team news ahead of Stoke
- Updates on the fitness of Pipa, Alex Pritchard and Danny Ward
- Watch Carlos’ full press conference below on #HTTV
Head Coach Carlos Corberán says that both Pipa and Alex Pritchard are nearing the conclusion of their recoveries from respective injuries ahead of Saturday’s game against Stoke City.
Although the weekend’s trip to the bet365 Stadium might come too soon for the pair, Town’s Head Coach was positive regarding their prospective returns in the near future.
Pipa suffered a hamstring problem in the latter stages of Town’s last outing against Luton Town whilst Pritchard was forced off at half-time in the win at Millwall a week earlier with an ankle injury.
Carlos provided an update on the pair, along with Town’s current injury situation during his pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon.
“We don’t know (how long Pipa will be out) because from the medical point of view, they are managing the feeling that they have,” he said.
“Yesterday, he started touching the ball, he started to work on the pitch, and we are going to see how he starts to feel with that work to try to add him to the squad again.
“We don’t have any clear date, we don’t know when he’s going to add to the group but it’s a positive thing and we hope to have him ready to add to the group because he’s been an important player for us.
“Alex Pritchard has been continuing his adaptation and his rehabilitation for a period of time now.
“He’s in the last part of the rehab for the injury he had. He’s continuing being with the medical department and not yet training with the group.
“Pipa is in the same condition, but I think both players are close to being back in the squad.
“They are the only injuries we have right now.”
The Spaniard also spoke about the status of Danny Ward who made his return from two months on the sideline with a hamstring problem during the Terriers’ draw with Luton Town last time out.
Carlos says the 28-year-old has continued to build up his match fitness over the recent international break.
“The process to make him ready to play with the team has been positive, he played another 45 minutes with the B Team in their last game.
“He’s making the right adaptation, he’s accumulating a higher number of training sessions because he could be a normal part of the squad.
“This is something positive, because the higher number of sessions that he has, the better it is for him to adapt and recover the normal feeling of a striker for the team.”
Watch Carlos’ full press conference below on #HTTV!