Huddersfield v Brentford preview

Date published: Friday 20th January 2012 2:36

Huddersfield manager Lee Clark has plenty of options for the evening kick-off.

Clark has no new injury or suspension problems, while midfielder Oscar Gobern is expected to be back in contention after being forced out of last week’s win over Oldham due to concussion.

Gobern, who suffered double vision and was replaced by Anton Robinson, returned to full training in midweek and has been given the all-clear.

Fellow midfielder Damien Johnson is closing in on his return after sustaining a hamstring injury in the home defeat to Bournemouth in mid-December, but may have to wait until next week.

Defender Calum Woods (ankle) is in a similar position, while midfielder Scott Arfield is a fortnight away after turning his ankle in training.

Goalkeeper Alex Smithies is making steady progress following summer knee surgery.

Brentford goalkeeper Richard Lee is fit for the clash.

The Bees’ number one was ruled out of last weekend’s visit of Walsall due to a stomach injury with youngster Simon Moore deputising.

Moore kept a clean sheet in the goalless draw but Lee will be expected to return at the Galpharm.

Elsewhere, defender Karleigh Osborne is closing in on a return from a dead leg but will not be ready for this weekend.

Skipper Kevin O’Connor is also on the mend after two months out with a foot injury and the midfielder has been pencilled in for a return to training within a fortnight.

Boss Uwe Rosler hoped to sign Peterborough striker David Ball on loan this week but the move has fallen through.

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Huddersfield v Brentford preview

Date published: Friday 6th May 2011 1:46

Huddersfield’s leading goalscorer Jordan Rhodes is expected to return to their starting line-up.

The 22-goal striker stepped off the substitutes’ bench in last week’s win at Brighton but is likely to be recalled as manager Lee Clark reverts back to a 4-4-2 formation.

Clark has no new injury or suspension problems as Town look to extend their club-record unbeaten league run to 25 matches but he must decide who will make way should Rhodes return to partner Benik Afobe up front.

Winger Anthony Pilkington (leg/ankle), midfielder Damien Johnson (knee ligaments), defender Liam Ridehalgh (foot) and goalkeeper Alex Smithies (knee) all remain sidelined.

Ridehalgh, initially expected to miss five games, could return for the play-offs.

Charlie MacDonald will not be risked despite Brentford’s injury problems.

The 10-goal striker has been sidelined for two months after damaging ankle ligaments against Brighton in March.

MacDonald returned to full training on Wednesday but boss Nicky Forster has still ruled him out of the trip north.

Gary Alexander is out with a knee injury so Lewis Grabban and Jeffrey Schlupp, Forster’s only two fit strikers, will be paired up front again.

Craig Woodman (metatarsal) and Pim Balkestein (ankle) are set to miss out again but fellow defender Leon Legge could return after a groin injury.

Youngster Simon Moore continues in goal with regular number one Richard Lee still on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.

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