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Team News: Stoke City

16 August 2018

Manager Alex Neil will be without defender Calum Woods for the home clash with Stoke City this weekend.

The full back suffered a hamstring injury in Tuesday night’s cup win over Morecambe. He has had the injury scanned, and whilst the results are not yet known, it is not thought to be as bad as feared and could just rule him out for a couple of weeks.

Sean Maguire (also hamstring) and Billy Bodin (knee) are still out of the reckoning, but the manager has selection headaches of a different type after positive performances in the Carabao Cup from the team, after he made 11 changes to the side that faced Swansea City.

Lukas Nmecha could make his full home debut, if selected, whilst former Stoke City men Paul Gallagher and Louis Moult – who both did well against the Shrimps – will hope to have some involvement against their previous employer.

Transfer window recruit Sam Clucas is not yet fit enough to return to training with Stoke City, but they still have plenty of options available to them for the their first trip to Deepdale since a brace of Richard Chaplow goals gave the Lilywhites the three points ten years ago.

Ashley Williams replaced Bruno Martins Indi after only 25 minutes of their draw with Brentford last weekend and the Everton loanee is expected to be given start at Deepdale by Potters manager Gary Rowett.

With the likes of Benik Afobe, who opened his account last weekend, in the starting line-up and back-up from the bench in their last game against the Bees from Berahino, Peter Crouch and Mame Diouf, there are plenty of attacking options available to the former Derby County boss.

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