PNE are hoping to keep Robinson

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Preston North End will attempt to extend Callum Robinson’s loan from Aston Villa.

The teenage front man has caught the eye in his initial loan spell which has another week to run.

His three appearances for PNE to date have all come as a substitute.

Robinson has impressed both supporters and the North End coaching staff alike in those cameos.

Club sources say discussions with Villa are planned about keeping him for longer on a youth loan.

Lilywhites manager Simon Grayson first made his move for Robinson after injuries sidelined Jordan Hugill, Kevin Davies and Andy Little.

He signed on a 33-day loan on the afternoon of the 3-3 draw with Chesterfield, making his debut in the second half of that clash.

The 19-year-old has since played against Coventry and Colchester.

In the Colchester clash, Robinson was only inches away from opening his scoring account when he hit the bar with a shot from the edge of the box.

He can play as a central striker or wide of the main attacker – it has been in that latter role where North End have used him.

At the moment he is away on international duty with the England Under-20s at a four-team tournament in Skoatterwald, Holland.

On Thursday, Robinson played in England’s 1-0 win over Germany.

If Preston can keep Robinson for longer, it would be a big boost going into a busy spell of games.

Having Robinson on a youth loan does offer flexibility, with it not limited to 93 days like standard loans during the emergency window.

With regards to the strikers on the injured list, Little is in with a chance of being back available for next week’s clash with Port Vale.

The former Rangers attacker suffered a hamstring strain in the Walsall defeat and is edging back towards full fitness.

Davies’ broken rib is likely to keep him out for another fortnight.

As for Hugill, his absence after surgery to repair a badly damaged knee cartilage will stretch into 2015.

While PNE are currently in the midst of an 11-day break between games, their schedule certainly intensifies soon.

The play eight games in three competitions in 25 days ahead of the next international break in November.

Three of those involve long midweek journeys, with trips to Gillingham, Leyton Orient and Swindon on successive Tuesday evenings.

There will be a fourth midweek game in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on November 11.

Grayson acknowledges the schedule will put a strain on the finances and time of the PNE supporters.

He said: “It will be an expensive time for the fans but if we can get some victories from these games it will give them plenty to cheer about and make their journeys worthwhile.

“From our side of things, we will try and travel in the best way we can so that the players are properly prepared.”