Huddersfield Town’s Gary Roberts hoping for starting slot against Cambridge
Nov 16 2010 by Dougie Thomson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
GARY ROBERTS is ready to step back into the Town starting side after Lee Clark confirmed Anthony Pilkington’s absence from tonight’s FA Cup first-round replay with Cambridge at the Galpharm.
Nine-goal top scorer Pilkington is in London, where a specialist is attempting to cure the hamstring problem which forced his early exit from Saturday’s 1-0 League I derby defeat at Oldham.
“The trouble seems to be caused by a nerve in his back rather than a strain or tear, and the aim is to find a way of relieving the pressure,” reported Clark, who said Pilkington’s fellow winger Roberts has had no adverse reaction after twice appearing as a substitute following his recovery from a broken left arm.
That means the skilful former Ipswich man is in line for a first start since picking up his injury at Swindon on September 25.
Scott Arfield is also pushing for a place after impressing from the bench at Oldham.
And up front, Clark can choose from eight-goal Jordan Rhodes, held back from Scotland Under 21 duty (they play Northern Ireland tomorrow) in order to be available against the Conference side, on-loan Arsenal teenager Benik Afobe, who is eyeing a first home appearance, and Alan Lee, who missed the goalless first match through suspension.
“I have options, which is always useful, and while we’re ready for a test, because Cambridge played well at their place, we must make home advantage count,” added Clark.