Preston boss Ryan Lowe has calmed fears about Alvaro Fernandez, claiming he was only substituted against Huddersfield Town as a precaution.

North End headed to West Yorkshire on Tuesday night with a spot in the second round of the Carabao Cup up for grabs.

Lowe made changes to the side with the likes of Ali McCann, Ben Woodburn and Fernandez all brought into the side.

Lowe’s decisions worked an absolute treat as North End ran riot in a stunning first-half performance.


Troy Parrott bagged the opening goal, following in after Ryan Ledson’s striker had been saved.

Left wing back Fernandez then took over, bagging two assists as he twice set up Ali McCann to score.

Brad Potts added a fourth in the second half before Jordan Rhodes grabbed a consolation for Huddersfield.

After two goalless draws to open the Championship season, this 4-1 win was exactly what North End needed to kickstart their season.

Fans are naturally buzzing with a superb away performance, but there has been concern about Fernandez.

The Spaniard took a knock just before half time and didn’t emerge for the second half, with Daniel Johnson brought on in his place.

Huddersfield Town v Preston North End - Carabao Cup First Round
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This was the first start in a Preston shirt for the Manchester United loanee and Fernandez left North End fans dazzled.

There were fears that Fernandez’s injury would be a big problem; after all, that would be Preston’s luck wouldn’t it?

Lowe has moved to allay those concerns though, telling North End’s official Twitter account that Fernandez is ‘fine’.

Lowe added that Fernandez rolled his ankle and his substitution was just a precaution, with Preston expecting Fernandez to be okay from Thursday or Friday.

That will put Fernandez in contention to face Luton Town this weekend, but whether he breaks into the side ahead of Robbie Brady remains to be seen.

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