Murray Wallace is clear to play for Huddersfield Town in tomorrow night’s Capital One Cup second round clash with Nottingham Forest at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The 21-year-old Scot was sent-off during Saturday’s controversial 1-1 Championship draw against Charlton Athletic – but Town appealed against the red card and they have been successful.
Instead of serving a one-match ban, Wallace can now play against league leaders Forest, and that’s a massive boost for stand-in boss Mark Lillis.
His resources at centre-back were looking stretched as skipper Lee Peltier is a doubt after a recurrence of a groin injury, Anthony Gerrard hasn’t played all season because of a calf niggle and there’s a slight doubt over Joel Lynch because of an ankle problem for which he’s receiving treatment.
Wallace was shown a straight red card by referee Tim Robinson for tugging back striker Igor Vetokele in first-half stoppage time.
The referee felt Wallace denied an obvious goalscoring opportunity, but Lynch was close by and insisted his colleague was firstly not the last man and, secondly, that he would have been able to make a tackle himself as the covering defender.
Town agreed, and so did the Independent Regulatory Commission’s hearing when the considered footage of the incident, upholding the club’s claim for wrongful dismissal.
They withdrew the player’s one-match suspension with immediate effect, leaving him free to play tomorrow night.
It would have been the first red card of Wallace’s career.