Preston North End manager Alex Neil has suggested that both Paul Gallagher and Andrew Hughes could both be available for the Lilywhites for their clash against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Gallagher has missed Preston’s last three matches in the Championship, with the experienced midfielder having picked up a hamstring injury, but the 35-year-old has returned to training over the last week and he could now be set to come back into contention for a place in the starting line-up against Wigan.
Hughes, meanwhile, has also made a return to first team training, with the left-back having suffered a frustrating season so far with injury problems limiting his involvement to just 12 appearances in the Championship so far this term, but he will now be hoping to keep himself fully fit for the rest of the campaign.
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Speaking to the Lancashire Evening Post ahead of Preston’s clash with Wigan on Saturday, Neil suggested that both Gallagher and Hughes could come back into contention for a place in the side, saying: “Gally is fine, he will be back. He’s been training this week.
“Hughesy is fine, we’ve just been careful with him.
“He hadn’t done a lot and this season he’s come back three times and played probably a maximum of five or six games and been out again. We just needed to get him up and running.”
This is certainly a positive for Preston, as they look to extend their four-match unbeaten run in the Championship and continue to their push for the play-off places against a Wigan side who themselves are starting to turn around their form.
Gallagher continues to be an important member of Preston’s midfield, despite now being at the age of 35, and the midfielder has been a key loss over the last few weeks, but North End have proven able to cope without the presence of the experienced campaigner during that time.
The 35-year-old, though, always adds an extra level of quality to Preston’s midfield, with his set piece delivery still very much a potent weapon for Neil’s side, and they will be hoping that he can stay fit now for the rest of the campaign.
Hughes’ presence has been missed by North End at times throughout the campaign, with the defender enduring frustration with recurring injuries which have prevented him building a run of games together in the side, and Neil will now be aiming for the left-back to stay fully fit for the rest of the season.