Huddersfield will be without striker Lee Novak for the home clash with Walsall, but midfielder Damien Johnson is back in contention.

Novak has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury sustained in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Plymouth.

Joe Garner stepped off the bench at Home Park and could be a straight replacement, but Jordan Rhodes provides manager Lee Clark with an alternative option.

Johnson is expected to return to the starting line-up after being ineligible to play against parent club Plymouth last Saturday.

Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) and Lee Peltier (calf) came through unscathed last week after nursing respective injuries, but winger Gary Roberts (broken arm) and defenders Gary Naysmith (foot) and Tom Clarke (knee) remain sidelined.

Walsall will be without captain Darren Byfield and centre-back Andrew Davies for the daunting trip as time runs out for under-pressure manager Chris Hutchings.

Striker Byfield (knee) had looked set for a return from his lengthy absence at any time now but he has suffered a minor setback in training which will rule him out of the trip to the Galpharm Stadium, although he remains hopeful of being ready for Tuesday's visit of Peterborough.

On-loan Stoke defender Davies was on Thursday ruled out for around three weeks having suffered a slight tear in his thigh muscle, meaning Clayton McDonald is likely to come into the heart of defence.

Hutchings is living on borrowed time after last weekend's 4-1 home defeat to Tranmere and knows he and his players have to turn things around quickly, although a trip to fifth-placed Huddersfield is hardly ideal.

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