Preston return to action on Saturday, hosting Sheffield Wednesday in the final home game of the season.

After losing at Wigan Athletic on Monday – a fifth defeat in the last six games – North End need to send fans home happy on Saturday.

Saturday’s game won’t be easy though. As much as Wednesday’s season appears to be over, just like North End’s is, they’ve been in great form under Steve Bruce. The Owls have lost just twice in 16 games under Bruce, and should pose a threat at Deepdale.

However, Wednesday will be without a key player, as Adam Reach will be missing. The Sheffield Star note that Reach will miss the final two games of the season, having suffered a knee injury.

Adam Reach of Sheffield Wednesday. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Reach played the full 90 minutes against Bristol City on Monday, but will play no part on Saturday. That means the 26-year-old won’t get another return to Deepdale to face his former club.

The ex-Middlesbrough man has racked up eight goals and seven assists in the Championship this term. He’s earned a reputation for scoring spectacular goals, and Preston fans may well be glad that the former North End loanee is out.

Reach spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Preston, with his form earning him a move to Wednesday. Just months later, Reach scored a dramatic last-gasp equaliser for Wednesday at Deepdale, coming back to haunt North End.

There’s no chance of that happening tomorrow though, meaning Reach will have to wait until next season for another Deepdale return.

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