Keith Treacy is on course to be fit for pre-season after a successful hernia operation.
The Preston winger went under the knife earlier in the month to cure an injury which had dogged him in the closing weeks of the campaign.
He missed out on a possible first senior Republic of Ireland cap as a result.
Treacy had been called-up to a training camp for uncapped Irish players in Dublin last week.
And he was also named in a provisional squad for last night’s friendly against Paraguay and Friday’s clash with Algeria.The 21-year-old is currently doing his rehabilitation training at Springfields.
He’s got midfielder Paul Coutts for company, who is recovering from hip and groin surgery.
And next week they’ll be joined by Sean St Ledger who has delayed hernia and knee surgery until after this week’s international games.
PNE boss Darren Ferguson said: “There won’t be too much time off for them this summer.
“We want them fit for the start of pre-season training.
“It’s a shame that Keith’s international call-up had to go by the wayside but it’s important he had this operation done.”
Off the pitch, there’s still no word coming out of Deepdale regarding the winding-up order served on them by HM Revenue and Customs 13 days ago.
HMRC took the action after North End were late paying a £400,000 PAYE tax bill.
As a consequence, the club’s shares are currently suspended from trading on the AIM stock market. PNE’s board say they are unable to comment publicly due to stock market regulations governing issues which are share sensitive.
But it’s a worrying time for fans as they wait for news over when the debt will be settled.
And the current uncertainty won’t help the sale of season tickets.
The deadline to claim a discount ends on Monday, May 31, although many fans are saying they were unaware of this until recently.
That date was missed off the original information given out about season ticket prices in April, and only later amended.
PNE’s ticket office will be open over the Bank Holiday weekend for season ticket sales.
It will open on Saturday, between 9am and 5pm, Sunday and Monday 11am-4pm.