Huddersfield Town have been dealt a major injury blow ahead of this weekend’s game against Crystal Palace after losing midfielder Danny Williams for the rest of the season following an injury the USA international picked up in training.
Having signed for the Terriers from Reading over the summer and made his competitive debut in their 3-0 victory over Palace at Selhurst Park back in August, it goes without saying that Williams will be a big miss for David Wagner’s men. With 24 appearances to his name this term, he would almost certainly have played some part against the Eagles, leaving a sizeable gap in their tactical planning for the clash.
Given the return to fitness of Yohan Cabaye, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Wilfried Zaha over the last week, it’s fair to say that Palace’s midfield will be looking far stronger than it has done in months when the two sides line up for kick-off on Saturday afternoon. After being forced to make do with bare bones for much of 2018, Roy Hodgson is now facing a genuine selection headache in the middle of the park, which serves as the most pleasant of dilemmas.
Whilst memories of our 3-0 battering from Huddersfield remain vivid in the minds of our supporters, it’s up to the players to channel the frustration they felt that day into positive energy as they travel north for what is an unquestionably massive fixture. Win it and everyone of a red and blue persuasion will begin to feel truly positive about our chances of survival, lose and the dark clouds of worry will really start to close in around us. Without wanting to venture into the land of clichés too gleefully, it really is time for our players to stand up and be counted.
You’d like to think, given our incredibly hard run of recent games, coupled with the creditable performances we’ve produced in all of them, that we’ll go into Saturday’s game with a spring in our step but thankfully, any confidence we do have is unlikely to manifest itself in a sense of complacency. Thanks in part to our opening day defeat but also Huddersfield’s growing reputation as a side who make you work for everything you get, we won’t be going into the fixture expecting anything other than a war.
Let’s hope the boys are fully focussed and capable of taking what would be a monumentally big three points back with them to SE25.