Preston North End return to Championship action this weekend, taking on Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

After more than three months without a game due to the global pandemic, Preston will finally return to action – and they need to hit the ground running.

Four defeats in five games before the lockdown left North End’s spot a little precarious. Preston still occupy the last playoff spot, but need to find their form quickly upon the return of league action.

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Alex Neil will hope to have most of his key players available for the trip to Luton, but he sadly won’t have Louis Moult available this weekend – or for the rest of the season.

Moult suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury back in August, ruling him out for the season. Having come just a week after a goal and a superb display against Wigan Athletic, this was a cruel blow for the striker.

With the end of the season delayed by three months, it looked like Moult may have had a chance to return. ACL tears generally take up to nine months to recover from, and May was the nine-month point for Moult.

PRESTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 19: Preston North End’s Louis Moult during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Ipswich Town at Deepdale on April 19, 2019 in Preston, England. (Photo by Stephen White – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Sadly, any hopes of Moult returning to action before the end of the season appear to be over. Today, boss Neil has confirmed that Moult won’t be back before the end of the season, but Preston hope he will be back for preseason.

We all wish Louis the best in his recovery, and fans are no doubt looking forward to his return. It may not come for a little while yet, but North End may just be taking a careful approach with him.

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