BURTON Albion head to the John Smith’s Stadium for the first time in a competitive league match tomorrow afternoon, in search of some vital points that will help their bid to safety.Huddersfield have five players ruled out, and one player who will be assessed ahead of the game.
Midfielder Jonathan Hogg will miss the match but has been cleared to return to training next week after scans showed no bone injury in his spine following the collision at Bristol City earlier this month.
Defender Jon Gorenc Stankovic will be out for up to 10 months after damaging a cruciate ligament while away with the Slovenia Under-21 squad, while striker Izzy Brown and midfielders Harry Bunn and Kasey Palmer are all sidelined.
Forward Elias Kachunga appears to have shaken off a knee injury, midfielder Philip Billing is training again after a slight hamstring problem, defender Michael Hefele has recovered from illness and winger Sean Scannell is close to a comeback from a long-term ankle injury.
From the Albion camp, Jackson Irvine will have his fitness assessed after playing twice for Australia this week.
Defender Tom Flanagan, midfielder Lasse Vigen Christensen and striker Cauley Woodrow are also returning from international duty.
Centre-back Kyle McFadzean and midfielder Luke Murphy have knocks, while defender John Brayford is a doubt with a knee injury.
Burton have drawn their last 3 away matches (Championship). Burton have been drawing at both half time and full time in their last 3 away matches (Championship).
Huddersfield have won 5 of their last 6 home matches (Championship). There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Burton's last 3 away games (Championship).
Nigel Clough said: “Expecting them to have come back after their 4-0 defeat to Bristol City before the international break, we’re expecting a bit of a backlash from them. I think the first 15-20 minutes of the game will be very important if we don’t concede a goal. We’re fighting against relegation whilst they’re cementing a place in the top six and even still chasing the top two at this stage.”
Scott Duncan will be the man in the middle tomorrow afternoon. The match official from Northumberland has dished out 87 yellow cards in 31 matches. He officiated Burton Albion's 1-1 draw with QPR back in September.
Tickets are still available to Albion fans, but they can now only buy them with cash on the turnstiles on the day at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Over 60s: £15.00
Under 18s: £3.00
Travelling supporters will be based in the Chadwick Lawrence Stand.
Official coach travel is also available for this fixture:
Price per seat £12.50
Departs at 11.45am
Expected return time 7pm approx