PNE defender on road to recovery

Greg Cunningham will take the first steps of his recovery from a fractured leg this week.

Wednesday, 3rd May 2017, 1:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:49 pm
Greg Cunningham is attended to by PNE physio Matt Jackson after fracturing his leg against Norwich

The Preston left-back is due out of the air-cast boot he has worn since suffering the injury on Easter Monday.

That will enable him to start rehabilitation work in the build-up to his return in time for pre-season training.

Cunningham was injured early in the first half of the 3-1 defeat to Norwich.

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He suffered the injury in a tackle with Steven Naismith and bravely managed to play on for a few minutes.

But he had to be carried off in the end and the injury was diagnosed as a fractured tibia.

North End boss Simon Grayson said: “Greg should be out of his protective boot this week.

“It means he can get back walking without any help and will be back for pre-season training.

“One consolation for Greg and us was that the injury came towards the end of the season and a lot of recovery time is during the summer.”

Cunningham’s absence was one of a number which bit deep into the PNE squad in recent weeks.

Three days before, Tom Clarke tore his Achilles tendon.

There have been bans for Alex Baptiste, Ben Pearson and Paul Gallagher.

Tyias Browning only came back from a knee injury for the Newcastle game.

Said Grayson: “You have to deal with players missing, that is part and parcel of football.

“We seemed to have a few suspensions at once and then there were the injuries in a short space of time to Tom and Greg.

“Tom has obviously got a long road ahead of him but we will keep him involved here.”

The curtain comes down on North End’s campaign against Wolves at Molineux on Sunday lunchtime (12pm).

Around 650 tickets of PNE’s allocation have been sold and they remain on sale, priced £30 adults, £15 seniors and Under-21s, £12 Under-17s and £10 for Under-12s.