JOEL LYNCH is under treatment at Huddersfield Town in the hope he’ll be ready to face Derby County a week on Saturday.
The 24-year-old central defender suffered an Achilles injury in the 2-2 draw at Ipswich which has ruled him out of Wales’ World Cup qualifiers against Belgium in Cardiff on Friday and Serbia in Novi Sad next Tuesday.
Town coach Glynn Snodin revealed there would have been no chance of the former Nottingham Forest player being ready to add to his debut senior cap, earned as a substitute against Bosnia Herzegovina last month.
So Town’s medical staff are monitoring him closely with the aim of getting him fit for Championship action on September 15, when Town are back at the John Smith’s Stadium.
“It’s more of a niggle than anything major, but it’s something which needs to be looked at constantly,” said Snodin of Lynch’s injury.
“We’ve got a 10-day period to work on him because he hasn’t gone away with the Wales squad and, hopefully, he will be okay at the end of it and available for the match against Derby.”
Lynch has already formed a sound partnership with Peter Clarke and enabled the skipper to move into his natural right-sided position.