CALUM WOODS is in line to make a Huddersfield Town debut against his old club Dunfermline tonight.
The 24-year-old right-back has yet to feature in a pre-season friendly after picking up a thigh niggle in training.
But he has responded to treatment from physio Dave Buckby and is set to feature at East End Park, where he spent five seasons and helped the Fife club win promotion to the Scottish Premier League last time around.
Boss Lee Clark, who is in line to complete a seventh close-season signing by bringing back influential midfielder Damien Johnson on another season-long loan, said of his first capture Woods: “It’s been frustrating for him.
“But as with any player, the most important thing is making sure they are ready for the start of the season, and if we have to be patient, we will be.
“Calum felt a niggle, and there was no way we were going to risk making it worse. The good news is that he is feeling far better, and hopefully he’ll be able to play tonight.”
Midfielders Scott Arfield, who also has a thigh injury, and Joey Gudjonsson, who is doing extra fitness work, and left-back Liam Ridehalgh, who is still working his way back to full fitness after last season’s foot injury, are the only others yet to feature this term.
Otherwise, Clark is happy with the progress of his players and the performances so far, having seen wins in all three senior friendlies, at Gateshead, Wrexham and Hamilton.
“Hamilton gave us a tough test on Sunday and I expect Dunfermline to be another step up from that,” he added.