Danny Ward and defender Anthony Gerrard will not be involved for Huddersfield Town in Saturday’s friendly against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park.

Frontman Ward (hamstring niggle) and centre-back Gerrard (calf) will be having treatment at PPG Canalside and working with the physios when Town meet Russ Wilcox’ side.

Also ruled out is midfielder Oscar Gobern because of a toe injury which he is going to have scanned.

Other than that, manager Mark Robins and his staff will field a strong line-up against the League I side, who are without former Town defender David Mirfin because of a knee injury.

Scunthorpe will wait and see if Dave Syers, Deon Burton and James Severn can shake off knocks before naming their line-up.

And Town’s assistant manager Steve Thompson says competition among the Leeds Road squad is starting to hot up.

“None of the injury problems we have are serious ones but, much as we would like to involved everyone, we don’t want to bring players back too soon and have them ruled out for longer,” said Thompson.

“Gobern, Gerrard and Ward are not a million miles away – we are talking days rather than weeks and weeks – so it’s better for them to stay with the physios rather than throwing them into a match situation.

“There is no hiding place out there on the pitch, so it’s always better for them to have a few more days to make sure they are absolutely right.

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“For the rest, it’s about minutes on the pitch and we will assess exactly where they all are in terms of work before deciding the team.

“We have still got two weeks to go and we have told all the lads not to read too much into the teams because we want to give them all game time and opportunity.

“Now we are getting to play matches at stadiums and in front of crowds, however, you can bet the competition for places will start to hot up – that’s just how it is.”

Thompson says he has been pleased with what he’s seen of Town’s squad so far.

“We have had some injury niggles but no serious ones, which is good, and we have worked well both here and in the training camp,” he said.

“The trip to Portugal was good to get the new players and new staff to know each other, we had those couple of games against Doncaster and Portimonense and it was really profitable to work on individuals and different units – so the whole thing was very good.”

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