Rest will have done PNE ace Joe good

Joe Garner is booked for the fifth time this season at Brentford
Joe Garner is booked for the fifth time this season at Brentford
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Simon Grayson believes Preston North End talisman Joe Garner will return from suspension refreshed and ready to hit the goal trail against Wolves tomorrow.

Garner, top scorer for the last two seasons but without a goal so far this term, missed the Capital One Cup game against Bournemouth after totting up five bookings.

While thinking some of those yellow cards were harsh, PNE boss Grayson says the ban was perhaps a blessing in disguise.

Grayson said: “The break might have done him good.

“Joe has mentally and physically taken a bit of a battering since the start of the season.

“Physically, he has been up against centre-halves week in, week out, who don’t want to give him half a yard.

“So it might have done him good to have a breather and hopefully he comes back refreshed, with his first goal not far away.

“Some of his bookings have been harsh and there is no question that he is a marked man – he takes a battering every week.

“Joe does sometimes go down a little bit too easily but he is still going down from the force of players trying to get tight to him.

“Five bookings have 
come about quickly and 
if he gets another five, hopefully they take a lot longer.

“You can’t take that edge away you would lose certain parts of his game if you did.

“He has just got to make sure that he doesn’t give the opportunity for referees to give him needless cards.”

Garner’s return will boost the front-line selection options for Grayson as they chase only their second league win of the season.

“We’ve got Joe and Eoin Doyle back, Stevie May and Will Keane did well the other night, while Jordan Hugill made a good impact.

“Jordan is a little bit short still in terms of match fitness because of his three-match ban and then picking up an injury against Everton which ruled him out for 10 days.

“He is never going to run around for 90 minutes but he ruffles feathers and knows where the back of the net is.

“Jordan’s a good option whether it is starting or off the bench.”