Preston drew 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon, in a performance that left some fans a little underwhelmed.
Josh Harrop’s stunning leveller cancelled out Adam Armstrong’s opener, and neither side could find the winner. North End are just two points off the play-offs, but with no win in five league games, a draw on Saturday was a little frustrating.
Alex Neil will hope to get that elusive win against Charlton Athletic on Saturday, but he’ll seemingly have to do it without two first-team players.
North End are already missing playmaker Daniel Johnson, and now it seems that left back Andrew Hughes and winger Billy Bodin are set for further spells on the sidelines having often been ruled out through injury this season.
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Hughes has struggled with his fitness all season having picked up a hamstring injury back in August, whilst Bodin missed two months of action between September and November, having made a comeback from a year out with a major knee injury.
Now, Neil has confirmed that Hughes missed the trip to Blackburn as he’s ‘not quite right’ at the moment. Neil added that Bodin picked an injury in training that could see him sidelined for a little while, all from an ‘innocuous challenge’.
Preston have played a dangerous game at left back having loaned out Josh earl not once but twice without signing a replacement, and Hughes’ continued issues are surely a wake-up call that another option is needed.
As for Bodin, North End may feel they can get by having just brought in Scott Sinclair, but unless Brad Potts is forced onto the right flank, there aren’t many natural fits behind Tom Barkhuizen – and it may be an issue that needs addressing this month.