Huddersfield Town skipper Mark Hudson aims to make use of his enforced two-match absence.

The centre-back will miss the Championship clashes at home to his old club Cardiff City on Saturday and away to Preston North End on February 6.

Hudson hit the 10 cautions mark – punished by a two-match ban – during the 2-1 defeat at Brighton at Hove Albion on Saturday which left Town 17th.

Right-back Tommy Smith was sent off during that clash and will serve a one-match suspension against the Welsh side.

Huddersfield Town v Charlton Athletic. Sky Bet Championship. John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield. Mark Hudson heads in Town's first goal.

Hudson, who also captained Cardiff during a five-year stay from 2009-14, has started all of Town’s last 20 games since returning from an ankle injury.

The 33-year-old’s five-match absence included the 2-0 defeat at Cardiff, currently ninth, in August.

“I’ve been racking up the bookings,” admitted Hudson, who has picked up five in the last nine games.

“I suppose it’s a bit of an occupational hazard for a defender, but it’s still disappointing.

“Both myself and Tommy are ruled out against Cardiff, but we’ll have Jonathan Hogg back after a ban.

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“And hopefully Kyle Dempsey and Ishmael Miller will be fit again, so we will have some options.

“From my point of view, I’ll use the time to train hard and recharge the batteries mentally.

“I’ll certainly be watching the games and backing the boys all the way.”

Cardiff will be without former Town defender Lee Peltier through suspension.

Like Smith, he was red carded for two bookable offences during Saturday’s 2-2 home draw against Rotherham United.