Winger Joe Lolley is on course to return from his foot injury in the New Year and provide Huddersfield Town with a much needed boost.
The Terriers will understandably be attempting to improve their front line in the upcoming transfer window, after struggling to score goals this season. However, no matter what happens in January, they are guaranteed to get at least one much-needed addition.
As reported by the Huddersfield Examiner‘s Doug Thomson, Joe Lolley is on schedule to return to action in the New Year. Previously referred to as the non-league Messi, he is currently recovering from a foot injury he sustained back in August, against Aston Villa. (Ironically, the team he supported while growing up.)
Lolley was forced to undergo surgery, after discovering the injury was worse than first suspected. The operation included the insertion of a metal rod.
The 24-year old has been able to resume shooting practice, which is obviously an excellent sign. He is also working with the the Huddersfield physio team, at PPG Canalside.
While not an out-and-out striker, Lolley has an eye for goal and was extremely prolific at the lower levels. With eight goals in 62 appearances for the Terriers, the feeling is he is only just getting started.
Certainly, manager David Wagner is among those who believes this, after signing the Redditch-born player to a contract extension at the start of this year. The deal keeps him in Huddersfield until June 2019.
At the time of the extension, Wagner said: “Joe is a very good talent, he has good mobility. He’s technically very good and can make a difference in a game one-on-one.”
Further evidence of Wagner’s belief in Lolley, came with the decision to make him a regular starter at the beginning of this season. Of course, this was before he suffered his injury.
Overall, with his dangerous left foot and excellent ball control, the winger’s return can’t come soon enough. Until then, it will be up to Huddersfield to somehow score enough goals to remain in touch with the top six.
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