Preston North End v Middlesbrough team news: Start for Jayden Stockley and a surprise return for Andrew Hughes

Alex Neil made four changes to the Preston North End side for the Championship clash with Middlesbrough at Deepdale.

Wednesday, 9th December 2020, 6:19 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th December 2020, 6:22 pm

Jayden Stockley was handed a start up front, while there was a surprise return for Andrew Hughes at left-back after five weeks out with a hamstring injury.

Darnell Fisher returned to the side after a three-match suspension, with Brad Potts drafted back into the midfield.

Ben Pearson was ruled out by ankle ligament damage and a one-game ban kept Daniel Johnson on the sidelines.

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Preston North End striker Jayden Stockley

Joe Rafferty and Sean Maguire dropped down to the bench after starting in recent games.

On the bench there was a return to the squad for Josh Earl after injury.

PNE: Rudd, Fisher, Huntington, Davies, Hughes, Browne, Ledson, Barkhuizen, Potts, Sinclair, Stockley. Subs: Earl, Bayliss, Harrop, Storey, Rafferty, Riis, Maguire O'Reilly, Ripley.

Boro: Bettinelli, Spence, McNair, Fry, Bola, Morsy, Howson, Saville, Watmore, Johnson, Assonbalonga. Subs: Tavernier, Wing, Akpom, Roberts, Folarin, Coulson, Jones, Stojanovic.

Referee: Andy Madley (West Yorkshire)

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