Huddersfield Town are hoping to welcome Pipa back to full training next month after groin surgery.
Pipa struggled with a groin injury towards the end of last season, forcing Carlos Corberan to manage his minutes carefully as to not aggravate the problem.
After a pre-season of struggle, Huddersfield were forced to send Pipa off for surgery in August and face up to the right-back’s three month absence.
An update has emerged from Huddersfield in the last 24 hours, though, confirming that Pipa should be back in full training next month.
“Now in his seventh week of post-operation recovery, Pipa’s hip injury is progressing well,” the club revealed.
“Currently doing his rehabilitation in the gym, it is anticipated that the Spaniard will return to full training next month his recovery continue to progress as planned.”
Pipa, 23, made 37 appearances last season for Huddersfield, scoring twice and registering a further four assists.
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Meanwhile, Huddersfield are expecting to welcome Jonathan Hogg (abdominal) back against Hull City this weekend, whilst Levi Colwill (ankle) has a chance of returning to full training.
Aaron Rowe (toe), Jordan Rhodes, Ryan Schofield (both back) and Alex Vallejo (knee) also remain absent, without a return date.
Vallejo picked up his injury after opening the scoring in a 3-2 victory over Blackburn Rovers prior to the international break, with the club revealing that they aren’t expecting to be without him long-term.
“Vallejo’s right knee is currently being functionally progressed,” the club statement read.
“Not expected to keep him out of action for long, there is currently no return date for the Spaniard.”
It’s very good news for Huddersfield that Pipa’s return is on the horizon and likely to come this side of Christmas. The Spanish right-back showed exactly the type of impact he can have at this level last season and will elevate a squad doing well to further heights.
Pipa’s return could allow Sorba Thomas to really free himself of the shackles of wing-back or, alternatively, allow Corberan to play 4-3-3.
Corberan will be open to both and relish the competition for places within his strongest squad. After overseeing such a positive start to the season, this should increase the belief at Huddersfield they can carry along this trajectory.
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