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Can Greg Cunningham play for Preston against Cardiff City?

Preston return to action on Saturday afternoon, travelling down to South Wales to take on Cardiff City.

North End lost 1-0 to Watford in midweek, and will be looking to bounce back with an away win having beat Blackburn Rovers on the road last Friday night.

The game sees Andrew Hughes return to the cub he joined at the age of seven before being released at 15, but he isn’t the only defender making a return to the Welsh capital.

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Preston snapped up Greg Cunningham on loan from Cardiff in January, bringing the Irishman back to Deepdale until the end of the season.

Under those terms, Cunningham wouldn’t have been able to play this weekend, with EFL prohibiting loan players from facing their parent clubs.

However, Preston turned the move permanent two weeks ago, essentially taking over his contract given that his Cardiff deal would be expiring this summer.

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Barring a secret agreement between the two clubs, Cunningham is now eligible to face Cardiff this weekend as a permanent Preston player rather than a Bluebirds loanee.

Cunningham started against one former club last weekend in Blackburn, and he scored the opening goal of the game with a superb finish.

Having been left on the bench against Watford, Cunningham is now primed for a start this weekend – and he will be desperate to score again.

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