Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner has confirmed that the Terriers will be without their influential January arrival Terence Kongolo when Crystal Palace travel north for their game against them this weekend.
Speaking prior to last Saturday’s home clash with Swansea, when the hosts were unable to beat Carlos Carvalhal’s men despite playing against 10 men for the final 79 minutes of the contest, Wagner admitting that Australian midfield man Aaron Mooy was fit to play some part in the game but that Kongolo would still be missing for another 10 days at the least.
On loan from French big-spenders Monaco, the Dutch national has been an almost ever-present figure for Huddersfield since first making the switch at the start of 2018. In truth, after making just six appearances between August and January for his parent club he was in desperate need of a move away but appears to have grabbed the opportunity afforded to him by Wagner with both hands since arriving in the UK.
I dare say the man himself is keen to impress those watching his performances back on the French coast with the aim of breaking fully into their first-team from the start of the 2018-19 season but for now, he’s fully committed to the Huddersfield cause and will undoubtedly be a big miss for them when Roy Hodgson and his players make the trip to the Kirklees Stadium this weekend.
Having only signed for the Ligue Un outfit in the summer of 2017 after spending fifteen years on Feyenoord’s books, it’s clear that Kongolo has been earmarked as a long-term prospect by the club responsible for catapulting the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Ramadel Falcao to international stardom in recent years but with only so many spots available in their starting XI, it appears as though a short-term spell in Huddersfield has given all three parties involved the positive outcome they were hoping for.
I for one am pleased to know that our forward line won’t be coming up against the 6’2 defender in the immediate future, we’ll need all the help we can get in the quest for three massive points.