Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner has said that Aaron Mooy will have a late fitness test ahead of today’s game against Bournemouth after returning from international duty yesterday evening.
Mooy played the full 90 minutes as Australia defeated Honduras 3-1 in Sydney to took book their place in next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
The midfielder, who has featured in all of Huddersfield’s Premier League matches so far this season, arrived back in England yesterday and Wagner admits he’s unsure whether he’ll start at The Vitality Stadium.
“We’ll make the decision on Sunday before the game on matchday and we see whether it makes sense if he (Mooy) starts or comes off the bench,” Wagner told the media yesterday.
“For sure, it isn’t the best scenario that he played yesterday (Wednesday) and comes back tonight (Thursday) but he has shown that he is able to handle it.”
“I think the good thing is that we have experience with Aaron (Mooy). He has a lot of experience about travelling back from international breaks, especially back from Australia.”
“We have helped him in the past and this will be the same case for this Sunday.”
Mooy was among seven players who were away with their countries and Wagner believes that those stars can bring their international successes to the league.
“I think our big advantage is that of all the players that went away, especially those that played in World Cup qualifiers, they will come back in a good mood,” continued Wagner, who takes charge of his 100th Huddersfield match this weekend.
“There is a good atmosphere in the dressing room after the games they played.”
“They for sure mentally prepared because they are in a good mood and usually when you are in a good mood then you are mentally very strong.
“Our Danish guys (Jonas Lossl and Mathias Zanka) qualified, Aaron (Mooy) qualified, Danny Williams had his first call up in a long time and (Steve) Mounie got some minutes in his legs.”
“Everyone is back and healthy. We have a good mood and I’m very happy for all of our players that played for their countries, especially for the guys that will play in Russia next year.”
“Now, it is up to us to help them be part of those teams that go to Russia.”