Preston North End V Barnsley at Deepdale : Match Preview

07 September 2017
Jordan Hugill expected to play when Preston face Barnsley

Jordan Hugill is expected to lead the line for Preston against Barnsley after the club held on to their forward as the transfer window closed.

The 25-year-old, who has scored three times in all competitions this season, handed in a transfer request two days before the window closed which was rejected by the club and boss Alex Neil is confident he is in the right frame of mind mentally to return.

The departures of Eoin Doyle and Liam Grimshaw were the only pieces of late business done by North End, who should have Paul Gallagher back following a bout of concussion.

Long-term absentees Declan Rudd (thigh), John Welsh (calf) and Calum Woods (knee) have all played in behind-closed-doors matches during the international break so could soon return to the fold.

Barnsley could hand a debut to deadline-day signing Gary Gardner but defender Angus McDonald sits out the second game of his three-match ban.

Gardner joined on a season-long loan deal from Aston Villa and could play some part but Barnsley will not be able to call on Oliver McBurnie after the club announced on Thursday that their loan move for the Swansea striker had been rejected by the EFL.

Summer signing Cameron McGeehan is closing in on his first appearance for the club after recovering from a broken leg sustained in January while at former club Luton.

Defender Andy Yiadom, close to signing for both Huddersfield and Swansea during the transfer window, hopes to be back in training next week following a back problem.

Source: PAR