Alex Pritchard and Terence Kongolo are both set to feature for Huddersfield Town in a behind-closed-doors game as they step up their recovery from injury, a report from The Examiner has revealed.
Kongolo has missed the last three games for the Terriers, after picking up a calf injury in his side’s 4-2 defeat at West Brom just under three weeks ago.
Pritchard meanwhile has been out for even longer, having not featured for Huddersfield since suffering a knee injury at the end of August, meaning he has yet to make an appearance under recently appointed Terriers manager Danny Cowley.
It is thought that Cowley had been keen to organise a fixture such as this during the October international break, in order to give some minutes to those who have not featured regularly for the first-team the chance to get some minutes under their belt, and Kongolo and Pritchard both fit that criteria.
As well as Pritchard and Kongolo, the likes of Reece Brown, Josh Koroma and Isaac Mbenza are also expected to feature in the game.
After a difficult start to the season, Huddersfield went into the international break off the back of consecutive wins over Stoke and Hull, lifting them out of the Championship relegation zone for the first time since the opening weeks of the season.
This is a big boost for Huddersfield.
Kongolo in particular was impressive in difficult circumstances during the early part of the season for Huddersfield, so having him back will be a big boost.
Pritchard as well should be seeing this as an opportunity to catch the eye of Cowley, given he has yet to play in front of the new Huddersfield boss this season, with the Terriers’ pre-international break form meaning it could be difficult to force his way into the side.
Given that upturn in results, and with potentially key players returning to fitness, it does seem as though things may finally be starting to head in the right direction for Huddersfield.