SCOTT ARFIELD is back in training with Huddersfield Town – and eyeing a first outing of pre-season at Oldham on Saturday.
Tonight’s friendly at Crewe has come too soon for the 23-year-old, who has recovered from an ankle injury sustained during the play-off semi-final at MK Dons.
The midfielder returned for the play-off final win over Sheffield United at Wembley, coming off the bench to score from the spot in Town’s dramatic 8-7 shoot-out success.
But in the aftermath of that triumph, it became clear the injury was more of a problem than it first appeared.
“It’s been a frustrating time for Scott, because no player likes to miss out at any time, but particularly in pre-season,” said coach Glynn Snodin.
“Scott’s been working really hard with our medical team, and having been able to do some work on his own, training with the full squad was a big bonus for him.
“Often in these situations, returning players don’t manage to complete the entire session, especially the longer ones we do at this time of year.
“But Scott was still going strong at the end, and that’s sign of his natural fitness and determination to return.
“Now we’ll gauge how he is over the next few days and we’ll take a decision on Friday over the Oldham match.”