Huddersfield Town striker James Vaughan will have his knee surgery on Thursday.

The 25-year-old leading scorer has been ruled out for the season because he needs a cyst removing from the joint, but boss Mark Robins says it could well prove a blessing in disguise for Town and the former Norwich frontman over the next few months and into next season.

"I would expect James to be back and working -  not playing -  before the end of the season," revealed Robins, preparing for the home clash with Ipswich.

"We would hope he'll have the surgery and then be ready to go again, ready to strengthen and ready to train again in terms of his post season work looking towards pre-season training."

Robins is optimistic Vaughan will be able to contribute much more than the 26 apperarances and 12 goals which will stand as his record for the 2013-14 campaign.

 

"When I came through the door 12 months ago, I had 16 games with James, which is about a third of a season," said the manager.

"Up to November this season he was going great again, but since then it's been a bit in and out.

"History suggests it's tough to keep James on the pitch for a full season, but with this op it will stand him in good stead.

"It's a matter of getting him working as hard as he possibly can to get himself to a level where he can do a full pre-season to the best of his ability, and that will give him every chance of staying on the pitch for a long period of time.

"That's the aim for him and that's the aim for us, because if we can get James on the pitch for as long as possible that will give us the best opportunity of moving forward, because he makes a big, big difference."

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