Mark Hudson believes Philip Billing can become a key player for Huddersfield Town.

The 19-year-old Danish midfielder caught the eye in last week’s 2-1 Championship defeat at Preston North End.

And he is pressing for a fourth start, and seventh appearance in all, at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

“Phil is progressing well,” said captain and centre-back Hudson, who is available after serving a two-match ban for reaching 10 bookings.

“I think he has really come on since coming off the bench at half-time when we won at Charlton Athletic earlier this season.

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“It seemed to give him confidence, and we have seen so much more from him since.

“He has shown he can cope, and the good thing is there is so much more to come from him.”

Billing, signed from Esbjerg in 2013, made his first-team debut from the bench back in April 2014.

But he didn’t feature again until the 2-1 victory at Charlton on September 15.

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Town’s on-loan Forest forward Jamie Paterson is ineligible against his parent club, who are 13 unbeaten in the league.

Town, meanwhile, have lost four on the bounce in all competitions and three in the Championship.

Forest haven’t suffered a home defeat since Hull City won 1-0 in early October.

Cambridgeshire’s Darren Deadman will referee the game.