Saturday’s opponents Huddersfield have been hit with a sudden spate of injuries ahead of their trip to St James’ Park, with star midfielder Aaron Mooy now one of several players looking likely to miss out on this weekend’s crucial game.
Mooy is their star man and creative force in midfield, with him regularly being their most impressive player whenever I’ve watched them over the past two seasons.
He played in Australia’s 4-1 defeat to Norway on Friday night, however he’s been sent home early after picking up an unspecified injury prior to their game with Colombia on Tuesday night.
Huddersfield have been dealt a double blow after Aaron Mooy [#AUS] and Philip Billing [#DEN] returned from international duty carrying injuries. The pair will be assessed ahead of Saturdays trip to Newcastle. #HTAFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) March 27, 2018
He’s not the only man who could be missing for Huddersfield either, with fellow central midfielder Philip Billing sent home with an injury from Denmark U-21’s, Danny Williams (another central midfielder) ruled out for the season and left-back Kongolo a doubt with a hip injury.
This could mean David Wagner has just two central midfielders fit for Saturday’s game (Jonathan Hogg and a 36-year-old Dean Whitehead).
As the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas has pointed out, Mooy not only scored the winning goal in the away fixture back in August, but was also their stand-out performer that day (as he was in Huddersfield’s 2-1 win at St James’ Park in the Championship!)
Mooy ran the return game back in August… https://t.co/TNiF8SD9nm
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) March 27, 2018
Obviously we focus on ourselves above all else, but there’s no denying that he’d be a real miss for them if he does fail to recover in time.