Huddersfield V Birmingham at John Smith's Stadium : Match Preview

11 January 2013 01:31
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Danns in, Prutton out

Huddersfield's new signing Neil Danns will be included in the squad for the home game with Birmingham.

Leicester midfielder Danns signed on loan until the end of the season this week and is expected to feature.

Winger Adam Hammill, on loan from Wolves, will also return to contention after being ineligible for last week's FA Cup win at Charlton.

But manager Simon Grayson has doubts about the fitness of defenders Joel Lynch (hamstring) and Calum Woods (groin), who has missed the last three matches, winger Danny Ward (knee), sidelined for the last four, plus strikers Jimmy Spencer (hamstring) and Alan Lee (back).

Anton Robinson is pushing for only his second start of the season, while fellow midfielder Oscar Gobern is continuing his recovery from ankle surgery as Huddersfield chase their first league win in 11 matches.

Birmingham's injury problems are easing as a number of players are hoping to return for the trip to Lee Clark's old club.

The Blues boss has Nikola Zigic and Rob Hall available after the duo missed the FA Cup third round draw with Leeds at the weekend. The Serbian striker was suspended while the on-loan winger was refused permission to play in the competition by parent-club West Ham.

They could be joined in the squad by defender Paul Caddis (hamstring), strikers Peter Lovenkrands (calf) and Marlon King (knee) and the versatile Jonathan Spector (ankle) who have all returned to training.

But Clark remains without defenders Will Packwood (broken leg), Stephen Carr and David Murphy (both knee), midfielders Papa Bouba Diop (hamstring), Hayden Mullins (calf), Darren Ambrose (knee) and Keith Fahey (compassionate leave) as well as striker Akwasi Asante (hamstring).

Source: PA