Plenty of options for PNE boss

Scott Wiseman at the end of the game at Hampden Park
Scott Wiseman at the end of the game at Hampden Park
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Preston North End boss Simon Grayson faces a selection dilemma when Rochdale visit Deepdale tomorrow.

PNE had a relatively depleted squad on Sunday when they travelled to face Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium.

Without first-team squad members Callum Robinson, Scott Wiseman and Bailey Wright – who were all away on international duty – Grayson’s men battled to a 1-1 draw against the Cod Army.

Happily the trio have reported back to training this week fully fit and will be in Grayson’s thoughts for the visit of Dale.

Robinson featured twice for England Under-20s in wins over Mexico and USA – scoring the winning goal from the penalty spot against the Mexicans at Barnet’s Underhill Stadium.

He then came on as a second-half substitute on Sunday to help the young Three Lions defeat the USA 2-1 at Home Park, Plymouth.

Wiseman was part of the Gibraltar team which scored the country’s first ever goal in a competitive fixture on Sunday.

Policeman Lee Casciaro’s strike in the first half at Hampden Park saw Gibraltar draw level with Scotland in their European Championship qualifier.

Unfortunately, that was a good as it got for the minnows as the Scots ran out comfortable 6-1 victors.

Wright was a second-half substitute as Australia drew 0-0 with Macedonia in Skopje.

Midfielder Alan Browne also featured for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s in their 1-0 win over Andorra last Thursday but he was available to Grayson on Sunday.

Jack King and Chris Humphrey came into the team against Graham Alexander’s men and did their chances of retaining their places no harm with solid performances.

The Good Friday fixture will be the first game of a busy Bank Holiday weekend for North End. On Easter Monday, they travel to Bradford City.

Grayson said: “We have seen the other day with other players coming into the team that there is good competition for places.

“I thought the players who came in against Fleetwood did well.

“We have got the bonus of having Callum, Scott and Bailey back from international duty, so to have those additions is very pleasing for me and gives me option in terms of what team to play tomorrow and also on Monday.”

One player who may miss tomorrow’s game is Paul Huntington.

The central defender was stretchered off with a head injury towards the end of Sunday’s game.

The problem was not as bad as first feared and Grayson will take expert medical opinion on board before risking him.

Grayson said: “It was very concerning at the time but he was up and about after the game. We will assess him for tomorrow, but we are in the hands of the medical department.”