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Huddersfield boss Wagner: We have injury concerns but we will find solutions

Huddersfield head coach David Wagner played down his growing casualty list after Danny Williams became the latest player to be ruled out through injury.

Midfielder Williams, a free summer signing from Reading, fractured a bone in his foot in last weekend's home draw against Leicester and will play no part at Burnley on Saturday.

Steve Mounie remains sidelined after missing the last two games due to a foot problem, fellow striker Collin Quaner (knee) will not return until early next month and both Laurent Depoitre and Rajiv van La Parra are doubtful for the trip to Turf Moor.

"Steve will probably be ready for the next home game against Tottenham and Danny Williams has a small fracture on a bone in his foot," Wagner said.

"We have a specialist appointment (on Friday) when we will get some information on how long he will be out.

"It's a small fracture so we will see, but for sure he's out for Saturday and anything else we'll know over the weekend."

Wagner, who confirmed Van La Parra and Depoitre were struggling with minor muscle strains, was dealt a big blow earlier this month when on-loan Chelsea midfielder Kasey Palmer was ruled out long term due to a hamstring problem.

"We have some injury concerns at the minute, but we will find solutions for this," Wagner said.

"It's nothing that I like, of course. I like to have everybody fit. I like to have headaches. So at the minute we have bigger concerns than we've had in the past.

"But this is something we have to manage. It isn't a very big problem because we have other players back from injury as well. It's something you have to manage."

One player expected to feature on Saturday is midfielder Jonathan Hogg, who has recovered from his long-term ankle injury.

Hogg made his first appearance of the season as a late substitute last weekend before starting in the midweek Carabao Cup defeat at Crystal Palace.

In the absence of Mounie, Depoitre and Quaner at Selhurst Park, Elias Kachunga was Huddersfield's only recognised striker.

The Terriers have lacked a cutting edge in recent weeks and again on Tuesday night they spurned a host of chances.

Wagner's side have scored one goal in their last four matches and, due to the number of injuries, the German's striker resources are sure to be tested.

"I don't feel it's an offensive or striker problem to be honest - I think we've shown our threat on the offensive so far," he added.

"Yes, maybe we are not as clinical as we wish to be, but this is part of football. We created very good opportunities against Crystal Palace on Tuesday in the second half.

"We also created very good opportunities against Leicester at home as well. I have no concerns."

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