Reid is at the ready for PNE

Winger Kyel Reid has started Preston's last two matches
Winger Kyel Reid has started Preston's last two matches
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Kyel Reid is being tipped by Preston manager Simon Grayson to hit his best form in the second half of the season.

The winger made his fifth start for PNE in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Yeovil and is steadily finding his sharpness after returning from an eight-month injury lay-off.

Reid played on the left wing against the Glovers, the role vacated by Callum Robinson after his recall to Aston Villa.

And he will be looking to get a regular run of games in the coming weeks to fully make his mark at Deepdale.

Grayson told the Evening Post: “It is still going to be a few more games before we see the real Kyel Reid.

“At Yeovil we saw him grow into the game in the latter stages, something we also saw at Oldham last Tuesday night.

“The chance he had late in the game against Yeovil, if that had come in another half-dozen games, he would have driven into the box with more confidence and belief.

“I do believe that in the second half of the season Kyel will flourish.

“He has come back from a long injury absence and won’t be as tired or fatigued as some other players who have played more matches.

“There is plenty more to come, I’m sure of that.

“Kyel will keep working hard on the training pitch and he knows he has got other players pushing him.

“It is good that he has played 90 minutes twice in the space of a few days, that will only help his sharpness.”

Reid’s season only started in September, his first couple of months at Preston after a summer move from Bradford seeing him continue his rehabilitation from surgery to repair a torn cruciate ligament.

He now has 13 appearances under his belt and looks likely to make that 14 in the 
FA Cup against Shrewsbury this weekend.

On the injury front, North End looked to have got through the Yeovil game without anything more serious than the usual knocks.

John Welsh came off in the 76th minute at Huish Park, that more due to a yellow card he has received.

Thorsten Stuckmann needed stitches at half-time in a cut to his forehead.

Said Grayson: “John Welsh was hobbling around after getting a bit of a knock but it was his booking which was more of a concern.

“We had to make sure we did not give the referee an excuse to give John another yellow card.

“There were options on the bench for midfield, so we brought on Josh Brownhill to replace him.”

One PNE player who hopes to scrub his name off the injury list this week is Andy Little.

The striker has been out of action since September due to hamstring and calf problems.

Little played 45 minutes in a training ground game against Fleetwood last week and will face Wolves in a practice match tomorrow.

Grayson said: “We have a game at Wolves on Wednesday and we are hoping that Andy will play 60 to 70 minutes.

“That could be another body into the equation for the weekend.”