Preston North End manager Alex Neil has no new injury concerns ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.
Long term casualty Louis Moult (ACL) is the only player on the sidelines at the moment, with skipper Tom Clarke back outside after overcoming the injury he suffered in the opening day trip to Millwall.
Former Boro centre forward David Nugent has come through to 30-minute run outs for the team in the last week and will be pushing to again be involved against the Teeside club on Tuesday night.
With this the third of four games in the space of 11 days, the manager could choose to make changes to the side, to freshen things up, with plenty of options available to him.
Jonathan Woodgate could choose to make changes after he called for a ‘massive reaction’ after their home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.
Hayden Coulson and George Friend are still injured, however, Jonny Howson, who started the previous two games on the bench following a hernia op, could go back into the to the starting line-up.
Daniel Ayala is also likely to start after coming off the bench at half-time on Saturday. Speaking about the defender’s impact the weekend, the Boro manager said: “I thought bringing Ayala on we looked better, I thought Dani did well.”
He was also pleased with the role of two other young players, who could also come into contention for the game on Tuesday: “Bringing Marcus Browne on, who we signed for £200,000 from West Ham, and Stephen Walker, an Academy graduate who’s 18-years-old, we did try and make a change, but we weren’t good enough on the day.”