SIMON GRAYSON could be forced to take a roll call before Huddersfield Town’s season opening Capital One Cup first-round clash at Preston on Monday.
The Town boss is waiting to see whether centre-back Joel Lynch is named in the Welsh squad for their international friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina at Llanelli a week tomorrow after striker Jordan Rhodes and midfielder Oliver Norwood were, as expected, called up by Scotland (versus Australia in Edinburgh) and Northern Ireland (against Finland in Belfast).
Sean Scannell (Republic of Ireland Under 21s) and Murray Wallace (Scotland Under 21s) have already been scrubbed from Grayson’s plans for the Deepdale clash (while league games can be called off because of three international call-ups, it’s not the case for this round of the League Cup).
And although all of them will be available for the big Championship opener at Cardiff on Friday week, August 17, Grayson could be forced to hold his only training session with the entire squad in South Wales on the morning of the match.
Rhodes’ second full call-up came as Town, who have a friendly at Chesterfield tonight (7.45) again moved to quash speculation linking him with Championship rivals Blackburn.
While it’s believed the Ewood Park club have tabled a bid for the 22-year-old, sources suggest that with the new season looming, Town are taking a dim view of Blackburn manager Steve Kean’s decision to go public on an offer reputed to be worth only an initial £2m and rising to a maximum of £4m without a sell-on clause.