Luton Town make the trip up the M1 to face Huddersfield Town in a huge clash at the bottom of the Championship on Friday evening, and they will be without a key man for the contest.
It looked like the Hatters were moving themselves into a position to retain their second tier status after picking up five points in three tough matches after the restart, but a haul of just one point from two winnable home games has left them drinking socially distanced inside the last chance saloon.
Luton now head to face Huddersfield five points adrift of safety, which is effectively six with a hugely inferior goal difference, and needing at least three wins from their last four outings.
With that in mind, the last thing the Hatters needed was injuries to key men but that is exactly what they have, with news that Izzy Brown will miss the clash with the Terriers with an ankle injury that requires him to go back to parent club Chelsea for medical assessment, as confirmed by boss Nathan Jones on the eve of the contest.
“He’s suffering a little bit in terms of his ankle. He picked up a minor injury which we’ll have to see if he’s available or not.” The Lutonian website quotes him as saying.
“We’ll have to wait and see. We sent him back because he’s their player, so we could get medical opinions, then we’ll see if we get anything out of him.”
There was some good news for the Luton boss however, with him confirming that attacker Kazenga LuaLua will be available for the first time since the restart.
“Kaz is back with us so that’s really good because he can really provide a spark if you need it. We’re going to need everyone and Kaz is no exception.”
Jones is also hoping key defensive shield Glen Rea could be available for the Hatters too, having been without the midfielder since he picked up an injury in the warm up ahead of the Leeds clash last week.
“We hope so. He’s been a big miss because he’s that real security and allows me to go a little more expansive, knowing that we’ve got that steel in there.”
“He’s the best we’ve got at that position, so he’s been a miss for us.”