Preston North End boss Alex Neil fears lengthy injury lay-off for midfielder Daniel Johnson

Alex Neil is sweating on the results of Preston midfielder Daniel Johnson seeing a specialist about his thigh injury on Friday.

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The 26-year-old has cemented his place in the side in recent weeks but is now set for a spell on the sidelines having been scanned since the win over Bristol City before the international break.

Preston North End midfielder Daniel Johnson

Preston North End midfielder Daniel Johnson

Johnson's absence makes it a double blow for Neil who is set to be without striker Sean Maguire until the new year.
"DJ's got an issue with his quad," said Neil, speaking at Thursday morning's pre-Blackburn Rovers press conference.

"We'll find the full extent of the injury on Friday.

"The most frustrating thing was he getting into good form and everything was starting to click into place.

"It doesn't look like one where he's going to be back next week.

"It's difficult to put a timeframe on it and I don't want to jump to conclusions but it's one where we're going to be missing him for a little bit of time."