Joel Lynch has made his long-awaited return to action and Huddersfield Town boss Mark Robins beamed: “It’s a lovely positive.”

The 26-year-old central defender has been out since mid February with a groin injury which required surgery.

Welsh international Lynch, however, played 64 minutes of yesterday’s 4-2 Development Squad defeat by Birmingham City at PPG Canalside and was due to join Robins’ full first-team squad for training today.

 

“Joel played a good hour and he did okay, which is a lovely positive,” said Robins, who is preparing his troops for Saturday’s Championship visit of Bolton Wanderers to the John Smith’s Stadium.

“He’s been out for a little while, so it was a case of getting some of the cobwebs off and Joel getting back into a match situation once again.

“The plan is now for him to train with the first-team squad and see where we get to by Saturday, but hopefully he’ll be a selection option from a full complement at the weekend.”

Lynch hasn’t played at senior level since Saturday, January 15, when Town won 2-1 against Birmingham at St Andrew’s.

He went off at half time in that match - replaced by returning skipper Peter Clarke - and after going under the knife, hadn’t played until yesterday’s outing as one of three over-age players in the Under 21 line-up.

Lynch is rejoining a squad buoyed by Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Reading.

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