Confirmed Preston line-up v QPR: Hughes and Clarke back from injury

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Preston North End starting XI: Rudd; Rafferty, Storey, Huntington, Hughes; Pearson, Browne, Potts; Barkhuizen, Maguire, Stockley.

Preston North End substitutes: Hudson, Clarke, Ledson, Bayliss, Harrop, Bodin, Nugent.

Preston head down to the capital this afternoon as they take on Queens Park Rangers.

North End lost 1-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion on Monday night, meaning it’s now three defeats in a row. That loss was harsh due to a farce of a last-minute penalty, but Alex Neil will be desperate to halt this slide.

He sticks with Declan Rudd between the sticks today, but Andrew Hughes returns from injury at left back, meaning Joe Rafferty switches back over to the right. Jordan Storey and Paul Huntington continue at centre back, with Ben Davies and Patrick Bauer still out.

Ben Pearson will be in the holding midfield role once again, with support from the legs of Alan Browne and Brad Potts in midfield. Tom Barkhuizen and Seani Maguire again start out wide, supporting target man Jayden Stockley.

Hughes isn’t the only player back from injury, as Tom Clarke returns to the bench too. He’s joined by Ryan Ledson, Tom Bayliss, Josh Harrop, Billy Bodin and David Nugent, as well as goalkeeper Matthew Hudson, who is predominantly on there for homegrown quota reasons.

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