ALEX SMITHIES will have to play wearing a skull cap if he's selected for Huddersfield Town against Scunthorpe United tomorrow.
Manager Simon Grayson revealed the 22-year-old keeper has had 30 stitches removed from a head injury suffered in training last week and is feeling fine.
Ian Bennett deputised in the 1-0 defeat at Preston last Saturday and could continue against Alan Knill's side at the Galpharm if Grayson decides not to risk England age-group keeper Smithies.
Smithies was back in full training today and Grayson said: "He had the stitches removed on Wednesday and did some one-to-one training with John Vaughan, our goalkeeping coach, yesterday.
"The wound has cleared up, there is no infection in there, but it really is quite strange for him to have 30 stitches from something which was quite innocuous really.
"It was quite disturbing to see at first (Smithies collided with Danny Cadamarteri) because there was nothing in the challenge, but the surgeon says everything is fine, Alex is feeling fine and it's good to have him back around the squad.
"He is in full training today but he will have to wear a skull cap in training and probably in the match if we decide to go ahead and play him."
Grayson also has midfield trio Damien Johnson, Tommy Miller and Oscar Gobern available for selection after they took part in a development match at Middlesbrough in midweek.