Kongolo set to boost Terriers ahead of Gunners trip
Terence Kongolo is fit for Huddersfield’s Premier League trip to Arsenal on Saturday despite suffering from fatigue in midweek.
The 24-year-old Netherlands international defender was substituted during the 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth with boss David Wagner revealing in his Thursday afternoon press conference that the player was struggling with tiredness.
However, Kongolo, who has played in 12 Premier League matches so far this season and scored against the Cherries, is likely to be back in the starting XI at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.
Abdelhamid Sabiri is definitely absent after being ruled out for up to eight weeks because of the broken collar bone he suffered in the defeat at the Vitality Stadium.
Chris Lowe could return to the squad after training all week as he looks to make his return from the shoulder injury which has sidelined him for the past month, but Steve Mounie and Philip Billing are both suspended.
Back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Bournemouth have left Wagner’s side one place and a point above the bottom three.
After Saturday’s game at the Emirates the Terriers face successive home matches against Newcastle and Southampton before a trip to Old Trafford on Boxing Day.
Defender Mathias Jorgensen, though, is relishing this weekend’s challenge against the Gunners, for whom he had a trial before joining FC Copenhagen in 2007.
‘It’s a big stadium and a very nice place,’ he said. ‘The club is full of history and great players and we will be playing against great players.
‘Of course that’s something you look forward to, to measure yourself against one of the top teams in the Premier League.
‘I did have a trial there, over two periods when I trained with the first team under Arsene Wenger, so there’s a bit of history.
‘I ended up staying in Copenhagen and moving to FC Copenhagen to play there because there was first-team football straight away.
‘There were negotiations (with Arsenal) but we never went further than that.’