ALAN LEE is straining at the leash to get back into Huddersfield Town’s promotion bid.
The 33-year-old striker has been sidelined since being sent-off against Notts County on November 19.
His three-match ban – which stood despite a Town appeal to the Football Association – will have stretched over five weeks by the time he can be considered again when Chesterfield visit the Galpharm on Monday.
Lee’s absence prompted manager Lee Clark to draft in experienced cover in the shape of big Jon Parkin from Cardiff City.
He has started two games and went on as a substitute in the latter stages of the 4-4 draw against Sheffield Wednesday, but Clark says it’s a massive tonic for the whole squad to have Republic of Ireland international Lee back in the mix.
“It’s a big boost to have Alan available again and he has trained fantastically well over the past few weeks,” explained the boss.
“With Alan it’s not just his play, which has been very good all season, it’s the fact he is an infectious character.
“He is very positive around the dressing room and the training ground and he supports everyone 100%.
“It’s a huge bonus to be getting him back, especially with such a busy spell of matches starting with Chesterfield at home on Boxing Day.”
While Lee returns from a ban, skipper Peter Clarke serves a one-match suspension against John Sheridan’s side after reaching five bookings for the season.
Players who reach five bookings after December 31 receive only a warning about their future behaviour. Bans kick in again if a player reaches 10 or 15 yellow cards.