The end of the season probably can’t come soon enough for Huddersfield Town. Already all but relegated from the Premier League, as they’re anchored to the foot of the table with fifteen points separating them from safety, the Terriers are likely ready to be put out of their misery.
Things are going to get worse before they get better at the John Smith’s Stadium though, as manager Jan Siewert now has a full-blown injury crisis to contend with.
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In his Thursday press conference, the German coach revealed that there had only been fifteen fully fit players in training that day.
As reported by the Examiner, Adama Diakhaby, Jonathan Hogg, Laurent Depoitre, Terence Kongolo, Erik Durm, Danny Williams and Isaac Mbenza are all currently struggling with various fitness concerns. That’s seven first team players who are all potentially sidelined for this weekend’s clash with West Ham United.
The likely absences of Diakhaby and Depoitre, at least from the starting XI, should see Steve Mounie leading the line for the Terriers.
Elsewhere, Juninho Bacuna may come into the midfield in place of 30-year-old Hogg, alongside Aaron Mooy and Philip Billing.
The Examiner further confirmed that club-captain right-back Tommy Smith is once again fit, so he could take Durm’s place. Meanwhile, 23-year-old Slovenian Jon Gorenc-Stankovic could be called upon to slot into the rearguard to cover for Kongolo.
In any case, Huddersfield will almost certainly be fielding a weakened team against the Hammers. Considering the Yorkshire club are heading into the fixture as underdogs anyway, this must be a bitter pill for Siewert to have to swallow.