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Why Huddersfield Town made changes against Burnley and why Philip Billing didn't feature

Emyr Huws' return from injury came ahead of schedule

David Wagner praised Huddersfield Town comeback kid Emyr Huws for his hard-working performance against Burnley - but hinted Philip Billing could be in the side to face Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday.

The head coach revealed that Billing, who had to serve a three-match suspension for his red card at MK Dons, was in line to face the Championship leaders at the John Smith’s Stadium, only to go down ill just hours beforehand.

This accelerated the return of on-loan Wigan Athletic player Huws, who had missed the previous seven games with an ankle injury, and Wagner said: “I was pleased to have Emyr back.

“I didn’t expect he would start. It would have been Phil Billing, but he felt sick during our pre-match meeting and we had to make a change.

“We didn’t expect Emyr to play the 90 minutes but because the way the game went, he had to.”

The inclusion of Huws for Kyle Dempsey was one of four changes after the 3-1 home win over Reading.

Jason Davidson, Karim Matmour and Sean Scannell came in for James Husband, Jamie Paterson and Harry Bunn.

Despite the scoreline, Wagner defended his selection, explaining: “We wanted to keep fresh bodies and have a strong bench so we can maybe beat our opponent after changes.

“We need to be able to keep speed and full-throttle over the whole match.”


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