Huddersfield v Peterborough preview

Date published: Friday 27th May 2011 2:56

Peterborough defender Gaby Zakuani will be fit.

The centre-half has been struggling with a shoulder injury but will be available at Old Trafford.

Striker Lee Tomlin (ankle) and midfielder Grant McCann (hamstring) have also sat out training this week but are expected to be fit.

Boss Darren Ferguson has a dilemma at left-back with Charlie Lee returning from suspension to challenge Grant Basey, who impressed in his absence during the 2-0 semi-final second-leg win over MK Dons.

Paul Jones continues in goal after Joe Lewis fractured his kneecap in the first leg.

Craig Mackail-Smith will lead the attack in what could be his final game for Posh with QPR, Norwich and West Ham among the clubs linked with the Scotland striker.

Huddersfield manager Lee Clark will choose from an unchanged squad.

The Terriers are looking to secure promotion by extending their club record unbeaten league run to 28 matches.

Defender Lee Peltier, deployed in central midfield for the second leg of Town’s penalty shoot-out win over Bournemouth in the semi-final, is expected to shake off a slight hamstring strain, while Clark must decide whether to change his formation at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Town have operated in a 4-4-2 formation at home this season, as they did against Bournemouth, but have played with one striker away from home.

Forwards Lee Novak, Danny Cadamarteri and Alan Lee provide Clark with extra options up front, but leading goalscorer Jordan Rhodes is likely to start alongside Arsenal loanee Benik Afobe.

Long-term absentees Alex Smithies (knee), Anthony Pilkington (leg/ankle), Damien Johnson (knee) and Liam Ridehalgh (foot) remain sidelined.

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Huddersfield v Peterborough preview

Date published: Monday 4th October 2010 12:32

Nathan Clarke could return to Huddersfield’s squad for the first time this season against Peterborough.

The 26-year-old defender, yet to appear for the Terriers due to knee ligament damage sustained during pre-season, is expected to return to the substitutes’ bench.

Town will be without suspended defender Jamie McCombe, who sits out a one-game ban after receiving two yellow cards in Saturday’s home defeat to Bristol Rovers.

Goalkeeper Alex Smithies and midfielder Scott Arfield are on international duty for England and Scotland Under-21s respectively.

Manager Lee Clark has no other new injury or suspension problems, but long-term absentees Tom Clarke (knee), Gary Naysmith (foot) and Gary Roberts (broken arm) remain sidelined.

Peterborough have a doubt over Tommy Rowe ahead of their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern section second-round trip to Huddersfield.

Former Stockport winger Rowe – who has been playing at full-back this season – came off at half-time in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Carlisle nursing a groin injury and is unlikely to be risked.

Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi could well return to Posh’s starting line-up as manager Gary Johnson contemplates making changes.

Midfielder Lee Frecklington returned from a knee injury as a late substitute at Carlisle and could start, but captain Grant McCann remains out.

McCann would be serving the second of a three-match ban but is now away on international duty with Northern Ireland in any case.

That leaves record signing Ryan Bennett and midfielder James Wesolowski (both knee) as the only injury victims at London Road.

The match kicks off at 7pm.

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