HUDDERSFIELD TOWN manager Neil Warnock has confirmed that crucial defender Tom Lees has completed his comeback game without incident and is in contention for Saturday’s Yorkshire derby at the John Smith’s Stadium against Championship rivals Rotherham United.
Lees has been out since pre-season due to calf and back issues, but he played as an over-age player in the Terriers’ Premier League Cup game against Newcastle United on Wednesday night.
And Warnock has given a positive report on the former Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday centre-half, who played every minute of the Terriers’ ‘Great Escape’ last season.
Warnock stated, “One or two people have been working hard to get back in – Tom Lees in particular.”He played his debut game on Wednesday night and performed admirably. He’s recovered (today), so he should be accessible if needed on Saturday.
“I’d play him if we had an injury or two in practice.” But the players performed admirably at West Brom, and I don’t expect many changes. They were fantastic at West Brom.”
Saturday’s game features a new signing. Ben Wiles returns to his hometown club only a few weeks after joining from the Millers, and the midfielder will make his debut in front of the Terriers faithful at the JSS. “It’s difficult for Ben,” Warnock said of Wiles, whose registration was not completed in time for him to play against Norwich at home on August 26. Rotherham’s lads are aware, and that is what it is.
“Whether he’s playing against Rotherham or Real Madrid, he’ll give his all, and that’s why he’ll have a successful career.”
“To be honest, I believe we have him at the right age.” I believe he will become a fan favorite over the next few years and one of my best signings.
“I see him and Jack (Rudoni) doing great things.” It’s good to have legs like that around Hoggy (Jonathan Hogg) at his age!”