Huddersfield Town manager Carlos Corberan has suggested that the Terriers will have to wait to see if Fraizer Campbell recovers from a shoulder problem that forced him off the field against Nottingham Forest.
Campbell started upfront for the Terriers at the City Ground and was leading the line well for them helping to give Corberan’s side a real presence in the final third.
However, 41 minutes into the game the forward was forced off the field prematurely and replaced by Danny Ward. The Terriers were still able to go on and secure a vital 2-0 win that moved them a little clearer of relegation danger.
However, Huddersfield have had issues upfront throughout the campaign and now they could be without Campbell for a period of time. The 33-year-old is the club’s current top scorer and has managed to register seven goals and three assists in his 40 Championship appearances this term. Losing him would be a blow for Corberan’s side who have not been full of goals.
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Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Corberan confirmed that Campbell’s injury was to his shoulder and that he did not know whether it would be set to rule him out of action for a period of time now. He remained hopeful that the 33-year-old will be able to recover and continue to help the side.
He said: “He started to feel uncomfortable with his shoulder so he had to come off.
“We are going to see what happens, if he can continue helping us or if he is going to miss some time with the team.
“We hope he that he will be with us because we know how important his mentality is for us.”
Losing Campbell at this stage in the campaign would be a major blow for the Terriers, but they did show that without him on the field they could still score goals in the final third during their important 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest. Had they lost that game then the forward’s potential loss for injury would have looked a lot worse with them still in real trouble in terms of relegation.
However, the Terriers now have a cushion to the bottom three and that means the pressure is somewhat off them for the next few games at least. They will hope that Campbell can recover and continue to lead the line for them, bit if not it will up to Ward to show that he can command regular starts and make a positive impact on the side.
Campbell’s injury shows how important it is that the Terriers improve their forward options during the summer transfer window. They can not continue to have to rely on a 33-year-old to stay fit and be their main source of goals. Corberan will be well aware of that and this should serve as a wake-up call to ensure they have more options heading into next term.