David Wagner has warned his Huddersfield Town players to be ready for a battle against Ipswich Town.

And the boss, who will pair Dean Whitehead with Jonathan Hogg in midfield as Philip Billing begins a three-match ban, says it’s crucial his side match their visitors physically.

Ipswich have slipped to 10th in the Championship after three straight defeats.

But Wagner, whose side are 16th and unbeaten in three, insisted: “These statistics mean nothing.

“And they certainly don’t make our challenge any easier.

“Ipswich have good players and are aggressive in their attitude, and we must match that.

“Dean Whitehead and Jonathan Hogg will have a big part to play.

“Of all my squad, they probably best sum up our terrier identity.

“We have to be their equal physically, then try to play the better football.”

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Wagner, who revealed knee injury victim Sean Scannell, who last featured on January 9, could return to training next week, has a worry over Joe Lolley (calf).

Whitehead’s last start was in the 2-0 win at Birmingham City in early December, when he picked up a knee injury.

He has had four outings from the bench since returning to full fitness.

Town failed in their appeal against the straight red card show to Billing during Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at MK Dons.

His tackle was deemed serious foul play, and Wagner said: “From my experience in German football, I was not surprised at the outcome of the appeal, but we felt we had a case and we had to give it a go.

“Phil is not happy about the situation, but he has to learn from the experience and know that when he returns he will be fresh.

“I think referees have a hard job, one I wouldn’t like, and I respect what they do, although like us all, they can make a mistake.

“But our case has been listened to and turned down, so we must accept this decision and focus on the future.”