FC Halifax Town: Good news on the injury front for Wild ahead of run-out against Huddersfield under 23s

Town boss Pete Wild will give captain Nathan Clarke and midfielder Kian Spence a run-out in Friday’s behind-closed-doors game with Huddersfield Town’s under 23.
Pete Wild. Picture Tony JohnsonPete Wild. Picture Tony Johnson
Pete Wild. Picture Tony Johnson

The game has been arranged to keep The Shaymen ticking over as Wild’s team do not have a league match this weekend - they were due to play Woking, but the game has had to be moved due to their involvement in the FA Trophy.

“Nathan Clarke and Kian Spence have joined in training, which is pleasing, and they will have some minutes in the game on Friday against Huddersfield’s under 23s,” said Wild.

Martin Woods also joined in training after his dead leg.

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“Reuben (Noble Lazarus) has had a setback in terms of that knee just taking a knock again, and set him back a couple of weeks, so we’re hoping he’ll be back on the grass a week on Monday.

“Matt Stenson had a consultation the other day and he’s ahead of his rehab so we’re all buzzing for Matt.

“Luke Summerfield’s started light jogging on the grass so we’re pleased Luke’s back out on the grass.

“Harrison broke his finger which is in a hard cast, so he can’t really do anything at the moment. That cast should be off in a couple of weeks.

“Jean (Belehouan) is back in full training now.

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“So four out of the eight are back in training, which is fantastic.

“But Kian and Clarkey have got a couple of weeks or a few weeks to get themselves back up to where they need to be.”

On Tuesday’s game with Hartlepool at The Shay, Wild said: “Woods and Belehouan will certainly be in contention for Hartlepool, Spence and Clarke will probably need a little bit longer.”

When asked if he would consider handing striker Jake Hyde his first start since returning from injury against Hartlepool, Wild said: “We’ll see. I thought he had an excellent half-an-hour when he came on.”He will play a good 60 minutes against Huddersfield on Friday and we’ll see how he comes through that, and then make a decision from there.”

Read more from Wild in Thursday’s Halifax Courier.