Agony for PNE keeper Anders

Lindegaard with physio Matt Jackson
Lindegaard with physio Matt Jackson
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Preston North End face an anxious wait over the fitness of goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard ahead of the big derby with Burnley tomorrow.

A shoulder injury saw the Dane substituted at half-time in Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw against Birmingham at St Andrew’s.

Chris Kirkland took over for the second half, making only his third appearance for PNE.

Kirkland, 34, is on standby to start the televised clash with the Clarets at Deepdale.

North End manager Simon Grayson said: “Anders fell on his shoulder making a save and we will have to assess him.

“The shoulder was really sore at half-time and he could not carry on.

“Chris came on and apart from the free-kick for their second goal, wasn’t really tested in the second half.

“It is a quicker turnaround with the game being on Friday night so we will see where we stand with Anders.”

Another casualty from the Birmingham game was Marnick Vermijl.

An early challenge from Jacques Maghoma left the right-back hobbling and he was forced off in the 20th minute.

Paul Huntington came off the bench to replace Vermijl, with Tom Clarke moving into the right-back slot.

In the second half, Clarke played a wing-back role as North End switched to a 3-5-2.

“Marnick got caught in a tackle and came off early,” said Grayson.

“Hopefully we will have Calum Woods back if Marnick doesn’t make it for Friday.”

The injuries to Vermijl and Lindegaard meant Grayson was restricted to one voluntary change in the second half as PNE chased the game.

Jermaine Beckford replaced Eoin Doyle in the 72nd minute, just before Alan Browne scored North End’s first goal.

After handing Beckford his first start of the season in the weekend draw with MK Dons, Grayson felt it was too soon for him to start two on the spin.

“The intention had always been for Jermaine to start on Saturday but then to have him on the bench on Tuesday,” said Grayson.

“We felt that last 20 minutes or so was the right time for him to come on and give us something a bit different.

“I thought Eoin Doyle did well and worked hard alongside Joe Garner but it was nice to get Jermaine a bit more game 
time.

“He has pace and defenders are wary of him.”

One moan from Grayson in relation to the Birmingham game, were the five yellow cards picked up by North End.

Paul Gallagher, Joe Garner, Ben Pearson, Bailey Wright and Huntington were cautioned by referee Keith Stroud.

Said Grayson: “I would say some were a bit harsh – you expect a few tackles to fly in and there should be tackles going in.

“There were a few decisions during the evening which both benches were a bit surprised about in different ways.”

Grayson is looking forward to the clash with Burnley, the game a vital one to the visitors’ automatic promotion hopes.

He said: “It should be a great game, Lancashire derbies are always big but there is a lot at stake for Burnley as it gets to the crunch time of the season.

“We will be putting on a performance to try and win the game because we want to finish the season strongly and stay in the top 10.”

Premier League referee Kevin Friend is in charge of tomorrow night’s game.