John Welsh will be missing for Preston against Huddersfield

John Welsh will be missing for Preston against Huddersfield

Preston will be without John Welsh when Huddersfield visit Deepdale.

Welsh, who this week signed a new contract to keep him at the club until the summer of 2018, faces a two weeks on the sidelines after aggravating a calf problem.

North End boss Simon Grayson, who previously managed Huddersfield, has plenty of options to replace Welsh in midfield. Paul Gallagher came off the bench to set up the equaliser for Simon Makienok against Brighton on Saturday and he may start while Alan Browne and Liam Grimshaw are also alternatives.

Striker Jermaine Beckford and defender Marnick Vermijl, who both missed most of September due to hamstring injuries, are fit and available again.

Huddersfield will check on the fitness of Sean Scannell, who has been out with a hip problem.

However, forward Joe Lolley remains sidelined due to a foot injury and no timescale has been put on his return.

Town came out of Sunday's home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday with no new injury problems and boss David Wagner could make a couple of changes.

He has the likes of Dean Whitehead, Harry Bunn, Martin Cranie and Jack Payne vying for recalls.

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