PNE striker undergoes knee surgery

Jordan Hugill
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Preston North End star Jordan Hugill is set for an extended period on the sidelines.

The young striker underwent knee surgery on Thursday morning after suffering an injury in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Walsall.

It was an eventful match for the former Port Vale forward.

After entering the fray as a 20th minute replacement for Andy Little, Hugill set-up Joe Garner for North End’s equaliser shortly before half-time.

He was then sent-off in the second half after getting involved in a melee with Saddlers defender Andy Butler.

In the midst of all that, Hugill also landed awkwardly on his knee, but played-on through the pain barrier.

However, PNE boss Simon Grayson revealed that Hugill went under the surgeon’s knife and will almost certainly be out of action for longer than his three-match suspension.

“Jordan Hugill has gone in for an operation on his knee. It’s an injury he picked up on Saturday , “ Grayson said.

“He had the scan on Monday and has gone in to have some work done.

“We will not know the extent of the injury until later.”