JAMIE McCOMBE and Scott Arfield have been ruled out of Huddersfield Town’s pre-season trip to Scotland, but boss Simon Grayson says new signing Joel Lynch could well figure in Wednesday’s second pre-season friendly at Kilmarnock.
All three missed Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Guiseley, with Arfield (ankle) and Lynch (strained stomach muscle) watching from the stand at Nethermoor, where 1,154 fans turned out, and McCombe (pictured) told to rest at home after having an injection in his back.
“Jamie picked up the problem during training,” explained Grayson, who has set up base at a Glasgow city-centre hotel and will use university sports facilities for work-outs arranged around the friendlies at Kilmarnock and Hibernian (on Saturday).
“We decided an injection was the best way of tackling the injury, but he needs to rest and allow it to take effect. He and Scott will stay at home for further treatment but Joel will travel and should be okay for Wednesday.
Grayson took his squad North of the border yesterday after using 23 different players against Blue Square North prospects Guiseley, who included ex-Town man Andy Holdsworth and won through Danny Forrest’s well-struck 15th-minute goal.
“The aim was to improve fitness and work on shape and systems and we did that,” said Grayson, who included new arrivals Adam Clayton, Paul Dixon, Oliver Norwood, Sean Scannell and Murray Wallace.
“Guiseley gave us a good test and while you never like to lose, I thought we passed the ball around well and created some good chances.
“That sharpness in front of goal will come with the pre-season games.”