SIMON GRAYSON says Town fans will see a far sharper James Vaughan against Bolton at the John Smith’s Stadium this Saturday.
SIMON GRAYSON says Huddersfield Town fans will see a far sharper James Vaughan against Bolton at the John Smith’s Stadium this Saturday.
The on-loan Norwich striker made his first appearance in eight games as a substitute in Saturday’s 4-2 derby defeat by Leeds.
The cold snap which put paid to the scheduled Under 21 match at Sheffield United scuppered the manager’s plan to give Vaughan further game time yesterday.
But Grayson was able to put the 24-year-old through a full-scale training session at Canalside – and has further work planned for today.
Vaughan had notched three goals in eight Championship games before being sidelined by a thigh injury, and Grayson is delighted to have him available again.
“James was never going to be able to play the full 90 minutes against Leeds because he’s been out so long,” said Grayson, whose side are 15th.
“But it was great to be able to bring him off the bench, and the reaction of our fans showed how much they value him.
“He showed no adverse reaction after Saturday’s game, and while it was a shame the match at Sheffield was postponed, we will still get him sharper as the week goes on.”
Both defender Joel Lynch and on-loan Leicester striker Jermaine Beckford will have further treatment on hamstring injuries this week.
Lynch, who played at left-back rather than centre-half against Leeds, should be available for training in the build-up to the visit of Bolton, who are 18th.
“He’s been feeling a twinge for the last couple of matches, and it was a sensible course of action to come off on Saturday,” explained Grayson.
“We will combine one-on-one work with the physio team and training with the full squad as this week continues, and hopefully he will be okay for Saturday.”
Beckford’s problem is proving harder to solve, and the boss admitted: “It’s frustrating, but we will keep working on him.”
Midfielder Keith Southern completes a three-match ban against Bolton, who come to the stadium for the first time since the 2000-01 season.