Preston North End are back in action tonight, making the short trip to Ewood Park in order to take on Blackburn Rovers.

Alex Neil’s men were disappointing in the 2-1 defeat to Rotherham United last weekend, and this game arguably comes at the worst possible time.

North End are attempting to gel eight January signings together, and it’s fair to expect some major lows during this process – just hopefully not tonight having been thumped 3-0 by Rovers back in November.

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One of those January signings knows Rovers well, with Greg Cunningham returning to face his former club tonight.

The Irishman joined Rovers on loan from Cardiff in August 2019, leaving Preston fans gutted given his three-year association with North End between 2015 and 2018.

Cunningham played just eight league games for Rovers before suffering a major knee injury, and now makes a return to Ewood Park tonight.

Tony Mowbray was a big fan; he raved about Cunningham after signing him, and refused to rule out moving for him on a permanent basis despite his injury.

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The 30-year-old watched from the bench as Preston struggled defensively against Rotherham last week, and he may now be in line for a start tonight.

Alex Neil may not fancy using Andrew Hughes against the quick Harvey Elliott, so adding the more mobile Cunningham into the side could make some sense.

Cunningham hasn’t started since his return to Preston, but the time could be right tonight – and he would no doubt help to beat his former club to really kickstart his second spell with North End.

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