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TEAM NEWS UPDATE AHEAD OF BRENTFORD

1 April 2021

Town Head Coach provides the latest on the squad ahead of the return to action

- Carlos Corberán gives the latest team news ahead of Brentford
- Updates on the fitness of nine Terriers
- Watch Carlos’ full press conference below on #HTTV

Head Coach Carlos Corberán says Rolando Aarons has returned to training over the international break and will be available to return for the visit of Brentford on Saturday.

Aarons, who has been sidelined with a hamstring problem suffered in training since mid-February, has been back in group training ahead of the visit of the Bees’ visit to the John Smith’s Stadium.

Speaking ahead of the Sky Bet Championship fixture, Carlos gave a positive update on the winger’s fitness.

“During this period of time, we’ve added Rolando Aarons, this week he has worked more regularly,” he said speaking during his pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon.

“He was a player out of the team for a long time, so he needs to add the physical condition now but he’s an option to be available for us.”

Following their international exploits over the last week or so, both Pipa and Juninho Bacuna have returned to Canalside to work with the group and will also be in contention to feature in the 12.30pm BST kick-off on Saturday.

“Yes (both players are back and will be available).

“Pipa was back playing many games playing national team games with Spain, for me this is something fantastic for the Club.

“We are now happy to have him here. He has recovered well, he was working today with the team, he will work tomorrow and hopefully he will be available.

“Bacca scored two goals in the first game and played the same minutes in both games,” the Spaniard added.

“He might have a problem of jet lag so he might have to adapt again quickly but he is available.”

Unfortunately, new signing Oumar Niasse will have to wait to make his debut for the Club and will not feature this weekend.

The former Everton forward, who joined the Terriers as a free agent last Friday, suffered a groin injury in a behind-closed-doors game over the break and will subsequently miss Saturday’s match.

“He started to train with the group last week, then we played a friendly against Rochdale in a behind-closed-doors game and in the first minutes he slipped, a player then fell on him and he got injured.

“He had a scan on Monday, but we can't tell much from it because there is fluid. We need to wait for next Monday to do another scan to see what the injury is like.”

In his first press conference following the international break, Carlos also gave an update on the respective recoveries of several players as we enter the final two months of the campaign.

“Josh Koroma has made his first training today with the group. We didn’t expect to have him this week.

“It was very positive to see him because he’s an important player for us and he had a long-term injury,” he added.

“(Harry) Toffolo is different, he needs to spend a bit longer with the medical staff before he is ready.

“(Christopher) Schindler is still injured too. The injury is going to be nearly impossible to play with him again this year.

“Danny Grant is continuing his recovery process. Before the break, he played some games with the Under-19s, but he still felt something in his hamstring. He is back again with the medical staff. I don’t expect to have him this year.

“(With Carel Eiting) We are going to have some chance to play with him this year.

“It depends on the physical condition when he arrives here. If he doesn’t arrive here with the right condition, he will do the last part of his recovery with us.”

Watch Carlos’ full pre-match press conference below on #HTTV!


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