HUDDERSFIELD Town boss Simon Grayson says today’s training session will be crucial to his team selection for tomorrow’s Championship clash with Bristol City at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The boss, who has right-back Jack Hunt starting a two-match suspension, is keen to see striker James Vaughan and left-back Paul Dixon come through the Canalside work-out unscathed.
On-loan Norwich man Vaughan missed last Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Millwall with a thigh injury while Scotland international Dixon damaged a knee during Monday’s Under 21 clash with Leicester.
With full-back Calum Woods set to switch from left to right in place of Hunt, Dixon would compete with Joel Lynch and Tom Clarke to face second bottom Bristol.
“I’m not one to put a player in simply on the strength of a fitness test on the day of a game,” said Grayson, whose ninth-placed side aim to bounce back from successive away defeats.
“Both of them are responding to treatment, but they will have to do enough today to show they should be considered.”
It’s the first of two home games in four days for Grayson’s side, who take on Blackburn, complete with ex-Town striker Jordan Rhodes and new boss Henning Berg, on Tuesday.
“It’s a great opportunity to get back to winning ways on home territory,” added Grayson, who says it’s business us usual for Adam Hammill (pictured left) ahead of his court appearance this month.
The 24-year-old midfielder, who is on loan from Wolves, is due to appear at Liverpool Magistrates Court on Monday, November 12.
He was arrested after Town’s match at Birmingham City on October 6 and is alleged to have assaulted two female paramedics in an incident in Liverpool city centre shortly before 4am the day after.
Former England Under 21 player Hammill, of Bootle, has been charged with two counts of assault under Section 39 and granted police bail.
“Adam has played since and he will continue to be considered for selection,” said Grayson.
“As a club we have co-operated fully with all the relevant parties.
“Adam has this charge hanging over him and he knows that if he has done wrong, he will be punished.
“In the meantime, he will continue to work and play for Huddersfield Town.”