Carlos Corberan gives update on Huddersfield Town captain Jonathan Hogg

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN’S injury situation is showing no signs of easing ahead of Friday’s tough Championship home game with in-form Cardiff City, Carlos Corberan has confirmed.

Carlos Corberan.
Carlos Corberan.

Jaden Brown is available again following suspension for the struggling hosts, but captain Jonathan Hogg will again sit out a fourth successive game with a calf injury.

He and Danny Ward will be involved in training shortly, alongside Alex Pritchard. But as it stands, they miss the game alongside the likes of Harry Toffolo, Chris Schindler, Josh Koroma, Rolando Aarons, Carel Eiting and Tommy Elphick.

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Town head coach, whose side are on a grim and deeply-worrying run of form has seen them win just once in 12 league matches so far in 2021 - to throw Town into a second successive relegation fight in the final third of a season - said: “The only player available is going to be Jaden Brown because he was sent off against Preston and was not available against Birmingham.

“Fortunately, we did not lose any players from the previous game, so we are going to have the same number of options.

“The idea with Danny Ward and Jonathan Hogg is that they are going to be involved in training after the Cardiff game, if everything goes well.

“Especially with Hogg because the injury of Hogg was more of a short-term injury. The injury of Danny Ward was more of a long-term injury.”

Admitting that the congested schedule in a shortened season is a contributing factor for the club’s colossal amount of injuries, he acknowledged: “With the number of games we play in a row, this season is not a normal season.

"It is a different type of season because we are playing in the same competition with the same number of games, but in a smaller period of time, so you increase the risk of injuries.

“When you lose important players, the team feels like it is losing and you have to re-adapt to finish the games in the best way you can face.

“He had a knock on the day before the previous game and now we don’t want to lose any type of player for a month and he has been working today on the pitch with the medical staff and we expect to have him in normal 100 per cent condition in the next week.”

Meanwhile, Corberan has praised the contribution of experienced forward Fraizer Campbell for his workaholic displays of late, with the Huddersfield-born striker leading from the front and taking responsibility during a fraught time for his hometown club.

His consistent performances are enabling the club to continue to utilise Yaya Sanago from the bench and ease him into the fray following his recent arrival.

Corberan added:“In the number of training (sessions) he has doing, he has more options to be involved with the team. Fortunately, we have a striker in Campbell who is showing an unbelievable skill to play games in a row that is not usual for his age and the level of performance.

“We have the positiveness of him and the youth and spirit of (Kieran) Phillips as a striker and the option to play with Sanago, who is a player with experience. But we know we have to consider that he did not play many minutes in the last year.”