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Ryan Lowe confirms another setback for Preston's Tom Barkhuizen as contract decision looms

Preston wide man Tom Barkhuizen has suffered a setback in his recovery from injury and faces a little longer on the sidelines.

That’s according to Preston boss Ryan Lowe, who was speaking to the media earlier this morning.

Lowe indicated that Barkhuizen has suffered a new blow and Preston are just being careful with him, so he won’t be involved against Bournemouth this weekend.

Barkhuizen picked up what appeared to be a calf injury against Swansea City in January and hasn’t played for North End since.

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Lowe stated at the time that he couldn’t be carrying players who were out for six weeks, back for two and then out again.

Barkhuizen has now been out for more than a month and that looks set to head closer to two months after this latest setback.

Of course, this isn’t Barkhuizen’s fault. Having also suffered a foot injury in December, this has just been a very unlucky season for the 28-year-old.

The problem for Barkhuizen is that this is coming at the absolute worst possible time.

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Barkhuizen is out of contract this summer and is just months away from being able to walk away from Preston for nothing.

Having seen Patrick Bauer and Andrew Hughes land new deals, it looks like Barkhuizen will be allowed to leave this summer.

Lowe wants reliability in his squad and, sadly, just hasn’t been able to see that from Barkhuizen this season.

After more than five years at Preston, Barkhuizen leaving would be an emotional exit, but this latest injury makes a departure seem even more likely.

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