Fraizer Campbell to miss ‘key game’ for Huddersfield Town

Carlos Corberan expects to be without key attacker Fraizer Campbell when Huddersfield Town tackle Coventry City this weekend, but says that his focus is on getting the best out of the forward players he does have available.

The Terriers need a victory at the John Smith’s Stadium to rubber-stamp their place in the Championship for next season and have been boosted by the news that midfielder Alex Vallejo and winger Isaac Mbenza could play some part.

Seven-goal leading scorer Campbell, who damaged a shoulder in the recent win at Nottingham Forest, is however unlikely to be available, leaving boss Corberan pondering his options in the final third ahead of what he describes as “a key game in our season.”

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He said: “Fraizer Campbell hasn’t trained and I don’t expect to have him in the squad unless something happens in the next 24 hours.

Fraizer Campbell will miss Huddersfield Town's game this weekend. Picture Bruce Rollinson

“I think he has been one of our most important players this year. We know he’s an important player because of the amount of effort he makes.

“Sometimes our attacks start with the keeper, sometimes our defending starts with the striker.

“We have Danny Ward and Yaya Sanogo who can replace him and we need to focus on what we can do with them, either together or as a pair.

“I thought Danny Ward did well against Forest. Against Barnsley, I felt Sanogo was the best striker for that game, and we wanted to save Danny Ward for Blackburn.”

Although not yet mathematically safe from relegation, it would require Rotherham United and Derby County to finish their respective campaigns in flawless fashion for Town to end up getting sucked into the bottom three.

Corberan, however, is determined to make sure that his players do not take their eyes off the ball.

“We want to keep the team in the Championship before we concentrate on anything else,” he added.

“We need three points more to keep it in our hands so our mentality is just on that.

“We know it’s in our hands to achieve our target. What we need to show is a good performance that will help us reach our target.

“Our only concentration has been on ourselves.”

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