Preston North End manager Alex Neil has provided a fitness update for absent duo ben Pearson and Paul Gallagher ahead of their trip to Barnsley tomorrow.
The Lilywhites faced Charlton Athletic at the weekend and came out 2-1 winners after falling behind to a fifth-minute goal from former Preston-loanee Andre Green, who bundled in at the near post.
Alex Neil’s side came back with goals through Josh Harrop and former Addick Patrick Bauer to seal an important three points. They started the game without midfield duo Ben Pearson and Paul Gallagher who have both been an important part of the side as others sat out through injuries of their own.
Preston next face the trip to Oakwell to face Barnsley hoping for a similar result to earlier in the season where they saw off the Tykes 5-1 and ultimately cost Daniel Stendel his job at Barnsley.
However, they have been made to sweat over the fitness of Pearson and Gallagher with such a quick turnaround from Saturday to Tuesday and Alex Neil commented on the pair in his pre-match press conference on the club’s official site. He stated: “We will see how he (Gallagher) goes over the next 24 hours and make a decision on him.
“He (Pearson) had a sickness bug but he was back in yesterday and did a bit of training and he’s in again today and so we will see where we are with him.”
No confirmation yet of whether either of these players will be fit for the trip to South Yorkshire but Neil does indicate here that they are nearing full fitness in the next 24 hours, seeing them push for a place in the lineup.
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While they did win without these two at Deepdale, it would be a massive boost if they were to be back for the game tomorrow as Barnsley are on the up at the moment and playing very well in midfield, where Pearson and Gallagher are being missed.
It will be a tough game regardless of their availability but Neil will be hoping that they can be ready for the test, knowing that this Barnsley side is a much-transformed one to the one they beat 5-1 a few months ago.