Huddersfield boss David Wagner says losing Aaron Mooy to injury is a huge blow and has challenged other members of his squad to fill the void in the midfielder’s absence.
The Australia international suffered a knee ligament injury in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal and has been ruled out until February.
Club captain Tommy Smith also suffered a hamstring injury in the defeat to the Gunners and is not expected to make a return until next month.
Huddersfield sit in 18th spot in the Premier League table and are 1.57 to be relegated.
Mooy has been a key man for the Terriers this season, starting all but one of their 16 Premier League games so far.
Wagner accepts the 28-year-old’s injury is a huge setback for Huddersfield although he hopes other members of his squad can impress while Mooy is sidelined.
Wagner said: “The news on both Aaron and Tommy is not something we wanted, but injuries are part of football, we have to deal with it, manage it and carry on into this important December period. For now, this creates opportunities for others.”
Town face relegation rivals Newcastle at home on Saturday and are 2.50 to win or 10.00 to win 2-0. A Newcastle victory is available at 3.00 and the draw can be backed at 3.10.
Huddersfield have a big run of games ahead of them as after the visit of Newcastle they come up against Southampton, Fulham, Burnley and Cardiff, who are all in the bottom seven, in four of their next five Premier League fixtures.