24 September 2020 04:31
Sign up to FREE email alerts from LancsLive - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Preston North End manager Alex Neil will have options available but is likely rotate his squad for tonight's match against Brighton & Hove Albion. The Lilywhites host the Premier League side in the third round, after seeing off Mansfield Town and Derby County already in the competition. There is a home tie against Manchester United on offer for the winner, with the draw for rounds three and four having been done at the same time - the Red Devils beat Luton 0-3 on Tuesday evening. Neil will switch things up from Saturday's 2-2 draw at Norwich City, though some of those that played at Carrow Road will likely get minutes once again. Paul Huntington is suspended after picking up bookings in the first two rounds of the Carabao Cup, while Daniel Johnson is out with a groin injury.
Louis Moult and Josh Earl remain unavailable, though Jayden Stockley is back in contention to play having been sent home just hours before kick off last weekend due to Covid-19 rules. In his pre-match press conference, the PNE boss gave an update on the team news for the third round clash. He said: "As far as I'm aware everything is fine (with Jayden) so that's even more frustrating, the fact we did it as a precautionary measure to try and safeguard people - it's come back negative and he's fine. "As of yet, no lads who played on Saturday have raised any real issues - obviously Daniel Johnson has got scanned yesterday and he has a slight grade one in his groin. "That will be at least a week which is unfortunate, but as we saw on Saturday some of the other lads went down with cramp. "Ben Davies has had an issue with his hamstring before so we needed to make sure we didn't take any risks with that - Alan Browne's calf tightened up too and he couldn't run properly. "I'm not sure how much I'll freshen it up but there will be parts - some of the other lads will certainly have an opportunity to play. "I think it's important that we use those lads; we went to Derby and a lot of them played particularly well, so I'm looking forward to seeing some of them play." PNE squad for Brighton clash: Rudd, Fisher, Hudson; Rafferty, Fisher, Storey, Davies, Bauer, Hughes; Ledson, Gallagher, Pearson, O'Reilly, Browne, Baxter, Bayliss, Potts, Harrop; Bodin, Barkhuizen, Stockley, Sinclair, Maguire