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Another blow confirmed for former Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham at Preston

Connor Wickham was handed a lifeline not long ago as Preston North End gave him a contract until January.

The striker had had injury problems throughout his career and was hoping to get things back on track in the Championship.

The former Crystal Palace and Sunderland striker did enough after a months trial to warrant the contract and made his league debut with a substitute appearance against West Bromwich Albion.

He did well in that small cameo, showing his strength and causing a few problems for The Baggies defence.

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Unfortunately in his next appearance disaster struck. Frankie McAvoy gave him a start in the Carabao Cup against Cheltenham Town but he only lasted a few minutes. The 28 year-old suffered a serious hamstring injury which he has since required surgery on.

It looks as if he will be out for a considerable amount of time and may not appear in a North End shirt again.

It’s now been confirmed that Joe Rafferty has replaced Connor Wickham in Preston’s 25 man squad. This can be changed in January but it’s a cruel blow for Wickham who has had so many setbacks in his career.

Without the countless injuries he would have most probably established himself as a solid Premier League striker.

It’s a chance for Rafferty to get back involved again but it doesn’t help Preston’s attacking options. Josh Harrop and Jamie Thomas must be wondering why they weren’t given the nod to replace Wickham in the squad.

As for Wickham, where does his career go from here? The mental aspect of this must be tough for him, but he will continue to undergo treatment and rehabilitation with Preston North End.

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