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Preston striker set for long spell on sidelines

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Preston North End striker Louis Moult could be set to miss the rest of the season after damaging his cruciate ligament, manager Alex Neil has revealed.

Moult was stretchered off midway through the first half of Preston’s 3-2 defeat away at Swansea City on Saturday, and the extent of the has now been revealed more fully.

Speaking after Preston’s 3-1 victory over Stoke at Deepdale on Wednesday night in his post-match press conference, which Football League World was present for, Neil revealed that Moult’s injury was to his cruciate, and that it was a blow that could threaten to keep the 27-year-old out for the rest of the campaign.

Moult joined Preston from Scottish Premier League side Motherwell in January 2018, and has already seen his time at the club hampered by injury, having made just 38 appearances during his first year and a half with the club.

The striker had started two of Preston’s three league games this season prior to his injury, and scored in his side’s 3-0 win over Wigan at Deepdale on the second weekend of the campaign.

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The Verdict

You have to feel for Moult here.

It had looked as though the striker was going to get the sort of opportunities he will have been hoping for this season, having started back-to-back league games while also getting his first goal early in the campaign.

Now however, the striker is back on the sidelines through no fault of his own, where he will be forced to watch on once again as other players look to stake their claim for his place in the side.

Losing an attacking option such as Moult will be frustrating for Preston, although you feel that, with the likes of Billy Bodin, Jayden Stockley and Tom Barkhuizen among those they can still call upon, they do still have enough in attack to keep them competitive this season.

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