Coventry City confirm boost as Huddersfield Town face new injury doubts two vital stars were forced off

Huddersfield Town face new injury doubts after duo forced off ahead of Coventry City trip.
David Kasumu had to go off shortly before the break with what appeared to be a possible hamstring issue, and it was revealed after the game that Josh Ruffels also picked up a knock.
Whoever takes charge of the Terriers for Monday evening’s trip to face Coventry City – and the club hope that they can announce a permanent appointment beforehand – will face a pair of new injury issues that cropped up in the course of Wednesday evening’s 2-2 draw with Stoke City.

Neil Warnock took charge of Huddersfield Town one last time for the occasion, but lost midfielder David Kasumu to injury shortly before the break and had to withdraw left-back Josh Ruffels at the break as part of a triple substitution.

The departing manager admitted he did not know how either player was doing after the game and quipped that he wasn’t too bothered as it was no longer his problem. Kasumu’s issue appeared from the stands to be a potential hamstring issue, while Warnock indicated that Coventry academy graduate Ruffels had suffered a muscle injury – though he was unable to be any more specific than that.

 

Town were also without Jonathan Hogg and Danny Ward with the issues that limited their availability against Rotherham United at the weekend. The skipper was forced off in that game feeling unwell, while striker Ward has been struggling with a sore Achilles. Warnock suggested after the game that neither player was far away from making a return, however.

 

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There was better news in defence, with Yuta Nakayama making his first Championship start since rupturing his Achilles last December, while Tom Lees was included in a senior matchday squad for the first time this season following a back issue.

 

The Japanese international had previously started in the Carabao Cup last month and appeared from the bench against West Bromwich Albion just before the recent international break. Warnock said that Lees had been earmarked to play for the Town B team instead on Wednesday, but that game had been cancelled, prompting the decision to move him into the first-team squad.

 

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