Preston North End comfortably progressed to the last 16 of the Carabao Cup last night with a 4-1 victory over Cheltenham Town – but it seemingly came at a price.
Goals from Andrew Hughes, Joe Rafferty, Sean Maguire and the in-form Emil Riis means that the Lilywhites join the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Sunderland in the hat for tonight’s draw.
It wasn’t all good news at Deepdale last night though as injuries to both Connor Wickham and Liam Lindsay could rule the pair out for a while.
Wickham was having his first start as a PNE player after signing a short-term contract, but after just a few minutes he pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring injury after taking a blow from opposition midfielder Dylan Barkers.
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And the same player went in on Lindsay later on in the first half in what looked like a reckless challenge – Barkers was booked but the North End centre-back was in a bad way and he ended up limping off.
Frankie McAvoy has delivered an update on the stricken pair and it seems like bad news for Lindsay but Wickham’s situation remains unclear but still not great.
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“They don’t look too good if I’m being honest,” McAvoy stated post-match, per LancsLive.
“Both will get scanned tomorrow and we’ll see how Connor’s comes back – it’s a hammy.
“He went to kick, he stretched and as the boy caught him, he fully stretched it.
“Liam’s knee injury doesn’t look too good to be honest, the guy has gone right through him – he’s in a bit of pain.”
North End’s squad depth looked pretty good going into the Cheltenham clash, so this will be a slight blow.
Lindsay was on the end of a rough tackle and it’s absolutely no surprise to see he’s come off worse, and there will be fingers crossed that there’s no ligament damage.
As for Wickham he simply cannot catch a break when it comes to injuries.
He’s spent the last few years struggling with them and after four weeks of training with the Lilywhites and playing in practice matches without a problem, he pulls up on his first senior start for the club after a few minutes.
There’s every chance he could be back in a few weeks but if it’s a tear then there’s a chance that the striker may not be seen again in a PNE shirt.