Preston North End have enjoyed a terrific start to the season, with Alex Neil’s men firmly establishing themselves among the promotion favourites.
Johnson suffered a trapped nerve in the victory at Charlton Athletic last time out, whereas Pearson picked up his fifth yellow card of the season at the Valley, rendering him unavailable for selection against the Terriers.
Despite missing two key players in their midfield, Preston ran out comfortable winners on Saturday.
So what should be made of Preston’s apparent depth and how will they cope with potential future injuries or suspensions?
Tackling today’s six pointer is Louis Reynolds…
Were Preston fans wary going into the Huddersfield game given the key absentees?
“I think it is fair to say any side would be wary going into a game against the form side with two of their key players missing.
“Danny Cowley has done a terrific job in turning Town’s fortunes around and they had a great result at Brentford last time out.
“Preston certainly wouldn’t have looked at this game in an easy-light and will be delighted to have taken all three points.”
Does the result now present a selection headache for Alex Neil?
“It certainly will play on Neil’s mind.
“Paul Gallagher replaced Johnson at Charlton and scored at the Valley, and again on Saturday, so that certainly won’t go unnoticed by Neil.
“Pearson is an integral part of the Preston side and the way they play, so I can see him fitting straight back in.”
Would this have eased any fear at Preston that they lacked squad depth?
“It may have done for the time being but it is only one game and one victory.
“North End are certainly showing a great team spirit in their play and are clearly fighting for one another.
“Should other players get injured or suspended it could be a lot tougher task for Preston to overcome.”
Preston’s home form has been particularly strong this term, did that help the team overcome their problems on Saturday?
“It definitely would have helped the side and the fans’ nerves. North End have been solid at home this term where their away form has been contrasting.
“North End haven’t lost at Deepdale in the league all season and regardless of what side they’d have fielded, it would have been a tough match for any opponent in the Championship.”
Does this performance really show Preston’s promotion credentials?
“It can do in the terms of squad depth, however, we have to remember that although Huddersfield were in very good form coming into the clash, they have had a poor start to the season.
“That is not meant in a disrespectful way to Town but it would have been interesting to see how North End would have performed had they had been up against West Bromwich Albion or Leeds United for example.
“In terms of throughout the squad, however, I believe it represents that the players are on the same waive length which will stand the side in good stead for the season.”
Are we likely to see movement by North End in the transfer window, given the injury to Johnson?
“It’s hard to say at this moment whether North End will delve into the transfer market, due to one player missing.
“However it is worth noting in the position they are in they may look to delve into a loan market to bolster their squad for the run in.
“Although performing really well at the minute and defying early season expectations, they may look to add more depth to their squad if they are to maintain this promotion push.”