Toffolo and Schindler injury blows for Huddersfield Town
Toffolo, arguably Town’s most consistent player this term, was seemingly available again to add his influence to the club's Championship relegation fight after serving a three-match suspension following his recent sending off in the draw at Luton Town.
But head coach Carlos Corberan, whose side visit Derby County on Tuesday night, has revealed that the former Lincoln City player has been struggling with a back injury and after speaking to medical staff, Toffolo now faces a spell of rest.
Corberan said: “Toffolo is not going to be involved with the team as he has one problem in his back. That is going to keep out for six weeks from now - out of the team and squad. In the time before he played against Luton, he was not training because he was feeling some pain in his back.
“But he was prepared to play after his preparation and in the game, he felt pain. Some players, because of their characters, can keep playing because of the pain. We were using the period where he was out of the team (due to suspension) to have some scans and make some medical decisions with the consultant too.
“I am now waiting to have him in the next five or six weeks.”
Meanwhile, Town could also be without another key figure in Jonathan Hogg, who is struggling to make tomorrow’s game against the Rams due to a calf issue.
Better news sees Isaac Mbenza (groin) potentially in the fray to return, while Richard Stearman and Rarmani Edmonds-Green could both be involved on the bench.
Chris Schindler has had ‘small surgery’ and is likely to miss most, if not all, of the remainder of the season - raising the prospect that he may have played his final game for Town with his contract up in the summer.
Corberan added: “Hogg is going to be a doubt. I don’t expect to have him in the team. Naturally, because of his character, he can be in the team, but he has a small problem in the calf. That is why he is a doubt.
“He had one kick in the (Swansea) game and did not feel any type of thing, but when the game was over, he started to feel something and he is having a scan right now.
“Then, we will know if he has more of a problem.
“Isaac Mbenza can train today with the group and can make a small part. Depending on how he feels, he can be involved tomorrow or not be. Danny Ward will continue working with the medical staff, but I do not think he can be involved with the team is less than one week.
“Schindler had small surgery two days ago. With this surgery, he is going to be around eight to ten weeks and it is going to be difficult for him moving forward with the team.”