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

24 March 2014 02:31
Huddersfield V Middlesbrough - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.

Robins set to shuffle pack

Huddersfield boss Mark Robins could make changes for his side's home game against Middlesbrough.

Robins will check on several players' bumps and bruises following the weekend defeat at Blackpool but has no major new injury or suspensions worries.

Defender Tommy Smith is hoping to return to the squad after missing out altogether on Saturday and midfielder Oliver Norwood is pushing for a recall to the starting line-up.

Joel Lynch (hip) has returned to full training but is not expected to be involved while fellow defender Calum Woods and winger Danny Ward are also hoping for recalls after stepping off the substitutes' bench at Blackpool.

Midfielder Grant Leadbitter will be missing once again as Middlesbrough look to return to winning ways.

The former Sunderland and Ipswich man missed Saturday's 3-1 Sky Bet Championship defeat by QPR through suspension and will be similarly indisposed at the John Smith's Stadium after reaching 10 bookings for the season.

Central defender Jonathan Woodgate seems likely to sit out a fifth successive game as he continues his recovery from a calf injury and head coach Aitor Karanka is short of replacements with Daniel Ayala (ankle), Rhys Williams (Achilles) and Seb Hines (thigh) also sidelined.

Keeper Tomas Mejias is still out with a dislocated finger, although he could be as little as a week away from being available again.

Defender Stuart Parnaby's knee problem means he will not be involved while striker Muzzy Carayol is out for the season with anterior cruciate ligament damage.

Source: PA