Huddersfield Town will be without Alex Pritchard and influential full-back Pipa when they head to Stoke City this weekend.
Pritchard rolled his ankle in a 3-0 win at Millwall while Pipe suffered a hamstring injury during a 1-1 draw with Luton – and neither has recovered enough during the international break.
Manager Carlos Corberan told ExaminerLive: “Alex Pritchard is continuing in his adaptation, in his preparation on his rehabilitation period of time now.
“He’s in the last part of the rehab of the injury that he had and he continues being with the medical department. He’s not training yet with the group.
“At the same time Pipa is sadly in the same condition as him. He’s continuing to work with the medical staff.
“He couldn’t train after the injury he had in the last game but I think both players are close to adding to the squad.
“Right now the only injuries that we have are the injuries of Pritchard and Pipa.”
Stoke have enough injury problems of their own and Michael O’Neill will give an update tomorrow on the progress of Sam Clucas, James Chester and Jordan Thompson, as well as Joe Allen, Ryan Shawcross, Thibaud Verlinden and Adam Davies.
They have been dealt a further blow with the loss of Angus Gunn to an ankle ligament injury that could keep him out until the New Year. That leaves O’Neill without a senior keeper.