Carlos Corberan’s men have suffered some injuries to key players in the last month or so but the squad dealt with their losses and kicked on to set up a play-off semi final against Luton Town.
The Terriers were amongst the favourites for relegation at the beginning of the season, but the level of buy-in to Corberan’s methods from the squad has been incredible and they have smoothly sailed towards a top six finish for the majority of the campaign.
Huddersfield enter the Kenilworth Road cauldron on Friday evening, hoping to gain a foothold in the tie to take back to the John Smith’s Stadium for the second leg.
Corberan explained the extent of the current injury situation regarding Lewis O’Brien, Matty Pearson and Sorba Thomas in his pre-match press conference, attended by FLW, this morning.
He said: “The situation with the squad is positive.
“We will train again today and that will allow me to see which players can be available.
“O’Brien will train and, if he trains well, he will be available.
“If he is not training well because he feels a problem, I will make a decision like I did in the previous weeks.
“Sorba Thomas is going to train.
“Matty Pearson is going to train.
“It’s been a long time since they trained with the group but it’s important that these characters are close to the team right now.
“No chance (of Thomas or Pearson starting).
“They have been a long time injured.”
No Pearson and Thomas will be a boost for Nathan Jones’ Hatters, although a potential O’Brien return would strengthen the Terriers significantly, with the 23-year-old building an excellent understanding with Jon Russell in the last couple of months.
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O’Brien’s availability feels very significant heading into the first leg, Luton are more than capable of winning the midfield battle with Allan Campbell, Robert Snodgrass and Henri Lansbury ready to step up to the challenge.
In the absence of Sorba Thomas, the creative burden will be mainly shouldered by wing backs Pipa and Harry Toffolo, the latter of which is one of the form players in the division heading into the play-offs.
Luton Town appear to have a lot of support from neutrals having been on a steady upward trajectory since winning promotion from the National League in 2013/14, the Terriers can be the party poopers with a strong display on Friday evening.