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Watch: New Huddersfield Town arrival Karim Matmour could be involved at Brighton and Hove Albion

The 30-year-old is in the travelling party

New arrival Karim Matmour could be involved in Huddersfield Town’s big Championship clash at Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Algerian international forward will certainly be part of the travelling party.

Matmour, who left Kuwait club Al-Arabi in October but has been training with his home-city club Strasbourg, has said he feels fit enough to play a part.

And Town head coach Wagner hasn’t ruled out an appearance three days after the 30-year-old signed up.

Watch: Wagner at Thursday's press conference

“We will need to build things up with Karim, but he is a good athlete and it won’t take long,” said Wagner, who knows the player well after his 10 years in German football.

“He already knows the system we like to play and I know what he is capable of.

“Karim is experienced and versatile, a solution to one of our problems, which is the need for more forwards after losing James Vaughan and Mustapha Carayol.

“To get him to our club is, in my opinion, something special.”

Karim Matmour

Wagner also confirmed midfielder Dean Whitehead is in the mix for the clash with Chris Hughton’s fifth-placed side.

The former Middlesbrough man made his comeback from a knee problem in Tuesday’s 5-2 FA Cup third-round replay defeat at Reading.

Whitehead came on after the 26th-minute dismissal of Jonathan Hogg, who now serves a one-match ban.

Sky Bet Championship - Birmingham City (0) v Huddersfield Town (2) - Dean Whitehead.

He was himself substituted in the 76th minute, but Wagner confirmed this was not down to any reaction to his injury.

“As with Karim, we need to build Dean up, because he was out for some time (nine games),” added the head coach.

“But his experience is important, because he is a player who finds solutions with his eyes as well as his legs.”

Watch: Examiner football writer Doug Thomson comments on this week's press conference

Forward Harry Bunn, who missed the Reading replay with an ankle problem, faces a fitness test.

Meanwhile wideman Sean Scannell may have to have an exploratory operation on his knee.

The 25-year-old has missed the last three games and the exact nature of his injury has proved hard to pin down.

“It is taking longer than we would have liked and we will take a decision over the weekend,” said Wagner.


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