Preston head to Wigan Athletic on Saturday, making the short trip for a lunchtime kick off.

North End drew 1-1 at home to Swansea City last weekend, and now head on the road to try and get back to winning ways – and put the pressure on teams in the playoffs.

Alex Neil will have a starting lineup in mind for the trip to the DW Stadium, and it may just feature Paul Gallagher given his return from injury.

Preston North End’s Paul Gallagher. (Photo by Mick Walker – CameraSport via Getty Images)


A groin injury has kept the 35-year-old out of action since the 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers almost a month ago, but he looks to be on his way back to fitness now.

Neil confirmed earlier today that Gallagher has trained this week, so ‘should be fine’ for the trip to Wigan. We’re guessing the veteran won’t be thrown straight into the side and is likely to be on the bench, but it’s a welcome return for a very influential player.

Additionally, Neil has spoken to the LEP about Tom Bayliss. The young midfielder has yet to feature in a Championship game this season, but was seemingly getting closer and closer.

Marco Stiepermann of Norwich tackles Tom Bayliss of Preston North End. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Neil recently suggested that Bayliss had started to show the fight and desire to play in the first team, before picking up an ankle injury to curtail his hopes of breaking through.

Neil has now admitted that Bayliss is off to a surgeon about the issue, with a small surgery a possibility. North End are left waiting for the final verdict, but Bayliss could go under the knife to try and solve his issue.

Hopefully, North End get both Bayliss and Gallagher up-and-running again soon. They’re our most technically-gifted players who can naturally play in a deeper role alongside Ben Pearson, and Neil would no doubt love to be able to rotate them before the end of the campaign.

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