SIMON GRAYSON has allayed fitness fears over defender Paul Dixon as Huddersfield Town prepare to take on Bristol City at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday.
The close-season signing from Dundee United – aiming to return to the starting side for the first time in five matches against the Championship’s second-bottom team – lasted only 14 minutes of Monday’s Under 21 clash with Leicester.
The Scotland international left-back took a knock to the knee, but is due back in training as Grayson works on his plans for the clash with Derek McInnes’s West Country side, when Town aim to bounce back after away defeats by Peterborough and Millwall.
Dixon, 25, lost his first-team place to Calum Woods in the wake of Town’s 2-0 home loss to Leicester earlier this month.
But with Jack Hunt serving a two-match ban after his red card in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Millwall, Woods is due to switch to right-back.
Dixon will therefore contest the left-back berth with Joel Lynch, who took that position at the New Den before switching to the centre of defence when Anthony Gerrard was forced off by a hip problem.
“Paul took a bang to the knee during the Under 21 game, but taking him off was more of a precaution than anything else,” reported Grayson.
“Normally, he would have tried to run it off, but given Jack’s suspension, we didn’t want to take any needless risks.
“He’s responded well to treatment and should be able to train as normal for the remainder of this week.
“Joel Lynch can play left-back, but we included him there at Millwall for a specific tactical reason, and Paul will certainly come into contention on Saturday.
“And Anthony Gerrard is back in training already, so he will also be available.”
Town and Stoke are being linked with teenage Swedish striker Fredrik Jonsson, who plays for Gothenburg club GAIS.