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Full debut on cards for Grant

22nd February 2019, 07:53 by Nick Harris

Huddersfield boss Jan Siewert could turn to rookie striker Karlan Grant at Newcastle in a bid to halt the club's slide.

Grant, a £2million signing from Charlton last month, stepped off the bench to score his first Terriers goal in the recent home defeat to Arsenal and could now make his first start on Saturday.

The 21-year-old scored 14 times for Charlton this season and was credited with Huddersfield's goal against the Gunners after the club successfully appealed against the initial decision to give it to visiting defender Sead Kolasinac.

"That has definitely given him a lift," said Siewert, who will take charge of his fourth game since replacing David Wagner.

"He directly came to me after the (Arsenal) game and said 'boss it was my goal' and I said 'I saw it'.

"Now it's proved that it was his goal, so it has given him a lift and also in training he's coming on more and more, I would say.

"He's showed already why we bought him and he's really had an impact. He's come from League One and it's a big jump, but he's proved he was right to make the jump."

When asked if Grant will make his first start at St James' Park, Siewert said: "Maybe."

Grant could replace Elias Kachunga, who has been unwell this week, while Town's other strikers, Steve Mounie and Laurent Depoitre, have mustered just one goal between them this season.

Goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and defender Chris Lowe will return to contention after both missed out against Arsenal through illness.

Winger Isaac Mbenza is recovering from a torn calf muscle while midfielder Danny Williams (knee) and Abdelhamid Sabiri (collarbone) are both edging closer to full fitness.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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