PNE ace Gally on the mend

Paul Gallagher hopes to recover from a foot injury to play at Wembley
Paul Gallagher hopes to recover from a foot injury to play at Wembley
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Preston North End No.2 Glynn Snodin is confident that Paul Gallagher will be fit for Wembley.

The ever-present midfielder had his foot stamped on during last Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Chesterfield.

Snodin thinks the longer-than-normal gap between the semi-finals and final will benefit Gallagher’s recovery.

“I think Gally will be fine. We have got a great medical staff so he’s in good hands,” Snodin told the Evening Post.

“We will see how he goes day by day and the lad will want to be out there.

“Gally has been magnificent for us this season – he has worked ever so hard.”

North End have made full use of Gallagher’s season-long loan from Leicester.

He started 47 of their 48 league and play-off games.

The one match the 30-year-old did not start – August’s Deepdale clash with Sheffield United – he came on in as a substitute.

Gallagher aside, North End have no injury worries ahead of facing Swindon a week on Sunday.

To be in that position at the end of a long season is a feather in the cap of the club’s medical staff, according to Snodin.

“The injury prevention programme which they put in place is magnificent,” said the Deepdale assistant boss.

“You are always going to get some injuries – they are part and parcel of football.

“But the fitness coach and physio work hard with the lads every day to keep them in the best possible shape.”

The North End squad have had a combination of rest and training this week, with the intensity of the preparations for Wembley set to increase after the weekend.

“It’s a long two weeks between enjoying what happened last Sunday and then the final,” said Snodin.

“We’ve discussed what is the best for them during the break to make sure we get the balance right, so they are right mentally and physically.

“They have got their recovery work to do and have to keep the hydration and nutrition right.

“We have got training which we need to get into them to give them the best possible chance of beating Swindon.

“To have such a long gap between matches is not something you tend to get.

“The preparation is usually based around a Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday schedule, so this makes a change.

“This week we’ve tried to get some of the distracting stuff out of the way and from Monday onwards, it will be very intense and focused.

“It should be a great final when it comes. Swindon are a very good footballing side, very expansive and like to get a lot of bodies forward. They have some good individual players, some good young players.”