Huddersfield Town's big Danny Ward blow as Mark Fotheringham gives FA Cup selection clues

Matt Lowton will make his Huddersfield Town debut at Preston North End in the FA Cup but Danny Ward has suffered a hamstring injury in training.

Jonathan Hogg and Lee Nicholls will be rested after minor injuries as coach Mark Fotheringham plans to use the FA Cup third-round tie to rotate his squad.

Full-back Lowton is ready to play having joined on loan from Burnley this week. The former Sheffield United defender had spent some time training with the Terriers ahead of the move.

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Florian Kamberi has also joined this month, although Fotheringham says the ex-Sheffield Wednesday forward will need to build up his fitness.

INJURY SETBACK: Huddersfield Town Danny WardINJURY SETBACK: Huddersfield Town Danny Ward
INJURY SETBACK: Huddersfield Town Danny Ward

Matty Pearson is due to play a behind-closed-doors friendly on Friday so will not take part at the weekend.

"Our lads are very deflated after our game at the weekend (lost at home to Luton Town) and we want to put it right," said Fotheringham. "This is a great opportunity for us.

"We will probably freshen up the squad because there's been a lot of games over Christmas and New Year and we have to utilise our squad. We're also a club that want to develop young players.

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"I want to grow with these players and they will develop very fast but they have to answer the questions asked of them.

"I think it just goes down to analysing the squad and looking at who's fatigued.

"We've got a lot of players who are pushing for a chance who have been on the periphary.

"We're a club that develop our players and we've got a sqaud we need to utilise. I'm not a guy who sticks with the same XI because the players have to feel they've got a chance to show what they can do and stay in the team."

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Hogg went off with a tight calf against Luton and although he has recovered, he will be rested.

"Hoggy's been assessed and he's fine," said Fotheringham. "He's been absolutely outstanding since he's played for me. He's everything I admire about a player.

"His performance levels have been off the roof since a lengthy lay-off, it's just unfortunate he felt tightness leading into half-time."

The news on Ward is less encouraging.

"Unfortunately we've lost Danny Ward to a hamstring injury," said Fotheringham.

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"It looks like it's going to be a lengthy period he's out, which is very unfortunate. Over the Christmas period he had a knock to his back and it's just unfortunate it's led to a hamstring injury now because we all know how important a fit Danny Ward is."

It is not just the signings boosting Fotheringham's options, and the return of Pearson, who has been out since March with first a knee, then a foot injury, is a huge boost.

"Matty Pearson's been training really well but it's been a very long period he's had off. He'll play in a bounce game which is really positive for everyone.

"Ollie Turton's been training and it's great to see him touching the ball and moving well. He looks very agile."

Nicholls has a shoulder niggle.

"Our young goalkeeper Nic (Bilokapic) did excellently in a bounce game with Burnley and I already had in my head I'd like to start his this weekend," revealed Fotheringham.