Josh Koroma says Huddersfield Town have a 'more positive vibe' as injuries start to ease

Josh Koroma says the return of key players is creating a “more positive vibe” at Huddersfield Town, which is why they will be looking beyond the 50-point mark in their remaining games.

The Terriers travel to Blackburn Rovers in the Championship on Saturday with 47 points in the bag, and with Koroma, Pipa, Harry Toffolo and Carel Eiting all fit again and hoping to play some part.

Victory would take them to the fabled tally at which second-tier sides are reckoned to be safe, but with nine points to play for in the remainder of the campaign, Koroma is looking beyond that.

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“I don't think you can think like that,” said the forward, who made his first appearance since December at home to Barnsley on Wednesday. “You've just got to think out of the last three we want nine points to finish as high as possible in the league. We just want to win as many games as possible.

SETBACK: Josh Koroma leaving the field after injuring his hamstring against Sheffield Wednesday in December. He is now back to fitness
SETBACK: Josh Koroma leaving the field after injuring his hamstring against Sheffield Wednesday in December. He is now back to fitness

“I go into every game believing we can win because I believe in the team, the manager and the coaches. The Championship's a funny league, anyone can beat anyone so we definitely go into all three games thinking we can win.”

Huddersfield has dipped alarmingly since the turn of the year in the face of a string of lengthy injuries to key players, as well as some minor ones. Koroma slipped and tore his hamstring against Sheffield Wednesday before Christmas and Eiting also made his return in midweek, coming off the bench with an impressive cameo in his first outing since injuring his knee on January 2.

“Whenever a players gets inured whether he's in your starting XI or a squad player it's a blow to the team because everyone helps in their own ways, whether it's on the training pitch or during games,” argued Koroma.

“The fact that I got an injury, Toff (Toffolo) got injured, Carel as well, didn't help. We've also had a lot of players getting little niggles like Danny Ward and Fraizer (Campbell) now with his shoulder.

“It's never ideal when you haven't got your full squad to compete to the best of your ability.

“No one's head's dropped during the season even when we weren't winning for a spell of games. Everyone still trained hard and went out and gave their all on a matchday. That's all you can ask for sometimes.

“It wasn't ideal. We had a lot of players in the physio room which made it harder but now everyone's coming back and there's a more positive vibe.”

Huddersfield will assess how Eiting reacts to Friday's training session before deciding if he should be involved at Ewood Park, but coach Carlos Corberan said he could start if he comes through well.

The Spaniard said full-backs Pipa and Toffolo are both expected to play, having sat out in midweek because they are not thought capable of playing twice a week at present. Koroma said he is keen to start too.

The hope is that Campbell and Alex Vallejo will be fit to face Coventry City next week after the midfielder was given permission to return to training after concussion in the middle of next week if he continues to progress as expected.

Isaac Mbenza is not expected to play on Saturday having missed training on Thursday.

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