Preston’s playoff hopes are on standby, with the Championship season suspended for the foreseeable future.
The coronavirus outbreak has forced the Premier League and the Football League to suspended the football campaign, with the return date of April 3rd already pushed back to April 30th at the very earliest.
It seems unlikely that football will be back any time soon, with the United Kingdom currently on lockdown to try and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
For now, we have to work under the assumption that the season will resume, even though ruling the season null and void seems like a possibility should the delays continue.
If Preston return to action over the summer to finish off the season, then they may just be able to bring back a player that we haven’t seen in 2020 due to injury.
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Louis Moult picked up a serious knee injury in August, with a torn ACL ruling him out for the campaign – or so we thought. Had the season been running by its intended dates, we likely wouldn’t have seen Moult in action until next season.
Yet with the campaign pushed back by months, Moult may just have a chance to get himself back in contention for Preston’s final games and potential play-off campaign, if they go ahead.
Around six weeks ago, Moult took to Twitter to post a photo of himself back in training, getting back out on the grass to run. That it still some way from first-team action, but it put him on schedule after six months on the sidelines.
Moult may be able to train at home to continue his rehabilitation, pushing himself closer to a comeback. It may still be a long shot, but if any Preston player can actually benefit from games being suspended, then it’s striker Moult.
Alex Neil doesn’t seem to love Jayden Stockley, David Nugent has only scored once this season and Seani Maguire has scored once in his last 29 games. There’s a spot there for a striker to really step up, and Moult’s outstanding display against Wigan in January suggests that he could be the man – if he’s back fit once play resumes.