SIMON GRAYSON is hoping to unleash Jermaine Beckford on visitors Brighton tomorrow as Huddersfield Town push for a third win in four Championship outings.
The on-loan Leicester man returned after two games out with a hamstring injury to score the goal which sunk Barnsley and lifted Town to sixth.
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But he was brought off before the end of the Oakwell clash after feeling some tightness and boss Grayson admitted: “It’s touch and go.
“We’re assessing Jermaine on a regular basis, and we will give him as much time as we realistically can, and hopefully he will be available.”
Chairman Dean Hoyle has said Town are keen to extend Beckford’s loan, which currently runs until December 29, to the season’s end.
And Grayson, who managed Beckford at Leeds, added: “He’s making a real impact here, and it’s great to see him come in every day with a big smile on his face.
“It was a real trademark Jermaine goal at Barnsley, because he used his movement to make the most of some great build-up play. Jermaine is great at creating space for himself. As a defender, you know what’s going to happen, but it’s still difficult to stop.”
While James Vaughan will have another scan on his thigh injury on Monday – he is out for at least another fortnight – Simon Church will make his home debut.
The on-loan Reading frontman, who supplied the cross for Beckford’s goal at Barnsley, was back in Huddersfield yesterday after being part of a Wales squad get-together.
Defender Paul Dixon had a recovery session at Canalside after winning his third Scotland cap in the 2-1 victory in Luxembourg. Midfielder Oliver Norwood trained after being an unused sub for Northern Ireland in their 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Azerbaijan.
Grayson is ready for a tough test from eighth-placed Brighton, who have taken just one point from their last four visits to Huddersfield.