09 Mar Mooy makes timely return as Huddersfield prepare for crucial clash
Huddersfield’s Premier League survival bid has been boosted by the return to full fitness of midfielder Aaron Mooy in time for Saturday’s visit of Swansea.
Mooy has missed the last three games due to an infected cut on a knee and Terriers boss David Wagner left little doubt as to the impact he thinks the Australia international can have on his side’s relegation battle.
“He’s back and has been back in full training for the whole week without any issues,” Wagner confirmed.
“He’s looked very sharp and very good this week in training and of course he’s a very important player for us.
“This is what he’s shown in the past, that he usually, in the middle of games, is able to dictate the speed of the game and we’re very happy that we have him back.”
Mooy, who has scored four goals and made three assists in the top flight this season, returned to somewhere near his best form in last month’s 4-1 home win against Bournemouth.
He had looked tired during Huddersfield’s eight-game winless run in the top flight prior to that match and Wagner expects him to be refreshed for the run-in.
“He played so many minutes in so many games and I think it was beneficial for him that his body has taken a break now,” Wagner said.
Mooy’s return was offset by news Michael Hefele will be out for up to eight weeks following knee surgery, while Wagner also confirmed fellow defender Terence Kongolo is expected to miss the next two games due to a hip injury.
Town sit three points above the bottom three after winning two of their last three top-flight matches and Saturday’s clash with relegation rivals Swansea is followed next week by the visit of fellow strugglers Crystal Palace.
With nine games remaining, Wagner played down the suggestion that these two home games could define his club’s season.
“The truth is there are nine games to go and we are in a position where everything is in our hands and this is a wonderful position for us,” he said.
“It’s a position we would have loved to be in when we started the season and now we have it.
“Of course it’s an important game, a massive game, but to be totally honest the game against Bournemouth at home was massive as well and the game at West Brom was a belter.
“The players were there. They performed under these circumstances and this is exactly what you have to have to progress as a team.
“We are aware how important this game (on Saturday) is, but for sure the next game in a week will be just as important.”