JAMES VAUGHAN will remain at home as Huddersfield Town this morning fly out to Belfast for tonight’s clash with Crusaders.
But coach Glynn Snodin confirmed there are no fitness worries over the on-loan Norwich striker.
Vaughan made an impressive return after missing two games because of a groin injury as Simon Grayson’s side went sixth in the Championship with a 1-0 win at Birmingham on Saturday.
But with tonight’s testimonial for Crusaders captain Colin Coates taking place on an artificial pitch at Seaview, where kick-off is 7.45, Town don’t want to take any unnecessary risks as they look toward their next league game against Wolves at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday week, after the international break.
After joining manager Grayson and fellow coach Ian Miller at the stadium to watch yesterday’s goalless derby draw with Leeds in the Under 21 Professional Development League, in which Jimmy Spencer twice hit the bar (Click below to view match action gallery from the game), Snodin explained: “It’s a decent surface at Crusaders, but sometimes players find it harder than turf.
“That means any little niggles can be aggravated, and while James was fine after Saturday’s game, there’s no need to take any risks.”
Snodin knows six-times capped centre-back Coates from his time as assistant to ex-Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington and said it’s a pleasure to be involved in his big night.
“Colin is a great lad and a good player,” he added.