Preston North End v Sheffield Wednesday team news: Ben Pearson returns, Tom Bayliss and Adam O'Reilly in the squad

Ben Pearson returned to the Preston North End squad after a month's absence for the Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday at Deepdale.

Saturday, 21st November 2020, 2:21 pm
Updated Saturday, 21st November 2020, 2:24 pm
Preston North End midfielder Ben Pearson

Pearson had been sidelined since injuring his groin in the home defeat to Cardiff on October 18 but has recovered sufficiently to be named on the bench.

North End manager Alex Neil made two changes to the side beaten at Rotherham before the international break, Patrick Bauer and Tom Barkhuizen returning to the starting XI.

They replaced Jordan Storey who dropped to the bench and Alan Browne who is self-isolating after a positive test for Covid-19.

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Among those included on the extended nine-man substitutes bench was Adam O'Reilly, the young midfielder having been on loan at Bamber Bridge until non-league football was halted by the second lockdown.

Tom Bayliss also got a substitute's role after some time out of the first-team picture.

Billy Bodin and Josh Harrop were ruled out of contention by injury.

PNE: Rudd, Fisher, Bauer, Huntington, Rafferty, Ledson, Johnson, Sinclair, Potts, Barkhuizen, Riis. Subs: Earl, Pearson, Bayliss, Gallagher, Storey, Stockley, Mahuire, O'Reilly, Ripley.

Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Borner, Van Aken, Odubajo, Bannan, Luongo, Paterson, Reach, Windass. Subs: Pelupessy, Penny, Dele-Bashiru, Rhodes, Brown, Shaw, Hunt, Kachunga, Wildsmith.

Referee: David Webb (Lancashire)

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