Town’s Head Coach looks ahead to Carabao Cup match
- Carlos Corberán previews Sheffield Wednesday test
- Head Coach provides injury news
- Watch Carlos’ full press conference below on #HTTV
Huddersfield Town Head Coach Carlos Corberán is expecting a challenge when his side start their 2021/22 campaign against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.
Town face the Owls at Hillsborough Stadium in Round One of the Carabao Cup this weekend.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon, Carlos reflected on the First Team’s pre-season, which came to an end on Tuesday against Fleetwood.
“Positive because it’s been a normal pre-season.
“We started the work six or seven weeks ago, so this is something fantastic because we’ve had the opportunity to be working with the players.
“We’ve had enough time to continue developing the players that we want to develop, especially the time to do it in the right way.
“We’ve focused a lot of work on progressing in the right way. Sometimes you aren’t always making the progression in the right direction and you try very fast to get the right intensity in the team.
“Performing very fast means you’re at risk of injuries, but now I think that the pre-season has been fantastic in this balance between the performance we are looking for and the risk of long-term injury.
“It’s important for the players to do a lot of work in their recovery sessions and in their minds.
“We didn’t miss any players during pre-season, and so this has been very positive.”
Carlos went on to discuss the Terriers team news ahead of their season opener on Sunday.
“Aaron Rowe at the start of pre-season had a small pain in his foot, and as he’s trained, it’s got worse.
“The medical staff are doing some tests with him. He’ll be out for another 10 days, he’s missed the last three weeks of training and so he wasn’t able to play any of the friendlies during pre-season.
“Rolando Aarons started pre-season with a small pain in the knee. His pain increased with training and so the medical advice was to stop him.
“He continues working with the medical staff and hasn’t trained in three or four weeks.
“Pipa won’t be involved on Sunday because he only trained for one week before Fleetwood.
“He continued having pain from the last year in his groin. In the summer he received some treatment, but the treatment didn’t work quite how we wanted it to work.
“The medics tried more conservative ways with him to avoid surgery, but he was still feeling pain when he came back.
“He’ll be out of the team with four/five days and then we’ll start to build him up again so that he can train normally with the team.
““We haven’t had any muscle problems, which is usually common with pre-season, and so for me this is fantastic news.”
Town’s Head Coach also explained why Town made the decision to play their Carabao Cup match earlier than most.
“It was important to us that we didn’t introduce the Carabao Cup the week of the Championship.
“We want to be more focused and have more concentration on the league we are playing the league, and the Cup when we are playing the Cup.
“We want to stay in the Cup and make the most of these games that we can make. Sunday will be a very good challenge for us and a very good test for us.
“We’ll go into it with the best determination that we can.
“Moving it to Sunday allowed us to give more concentration to the Cup right now, and after Sunday we can concentrate on the Championship as soon as that starts.”
Watch Carlos' full press conference below on #HTTV.