Huddersfield v MK Dons: Powell waits in hope of Ward returning to Town

Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell (Picture: Bruce Rollinson).
Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell (Picture: Bruce Rollinson).
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hUDDERSFIELD Town expect to learn tomorrow whether an attempt to bring Elliott Ward back to the club on loan from Bournemouth has been successful.

The defender made a big impact at the John Smith’s after joining early last month, but had to return to the south coast before the weekend due to a knee injury.

Ward is unable to play again for the Cherries until at least January due to not being included in the 25-man squad list submitted by Eddie Howe to the Premier League.

Whether Town can again bring him north depends on how troublesome the knee problem turns out to be and Town manager Chris Powell is hoping to learn more tomorrow.

Before then, the Terriers host MK Dons looking to continue the recent upturn in results that has seen the Yorkshire club lose just once in five games.

The most recent of those positive results came on Saturday courtesy of a goalless draw at Ipswich Town and Powell wants his men to build on that battling display.

He said: “I was looking for a response to the Wolves defeat (that preceded the international break) on Saturday at Ipswich and I certainly got it

“Now we have two important home games, starting with MK Dons. They will be a different test to Ipswich. The key is going to be making sure we are set up well when not in possession. Our game plan has to be good when attacking, too.”

James Vaughan starts a three-game ban following his red card at Ipswich, while a thigh injury keeps Jonathan Hogg out of the squad. Joel Lynch picked up a knock at Portman Road but trained yesterday and will start alongside Mark Hudson at the heart of the defence.

Captain Hudson, who returned to the side at Ipswich after five games out injured, added: “We know it will be tough as MK Dons beat Blackburn 3-0.”

Town have slashed ticket prices for tonight’s game to £10 for adults and £5 concessions in an attempt to boost the size of the crowd.

Last six games: Huddersfield Town LWWDLD, MK Dons LLLLDW.

Referee: P Bankes (Merseyside).

Last time: Huddersfield Town 1 MK Dons 2; May 15, 2012; League One play-offs.