Tyias ready for a night on Toon

Tyias Browning is set to make a welcome return to Preston's injury-hit defence in time for the visit to Newcastle.

Wednesday, 19th April 2017, 5:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:35 pm
Tyias Browning in action for Preston against Brentford in February

The Everton loan man has missed the last two months with a knee injury but has been back with PNE since the weekend.

With Tom Clarke and Greg Cunningham ruled out for the season – in Clarke’s case well into next term – being able to call on Browning again is a real bonus for Simon Grayson.

Browning was injured in a training session in February and went back to Everton to do his rehab work.

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He was back training with PNE over the Easter weekend and also trained after the Norwich defeat at Deepdale with the players who had not started that game.

Grayson said: “Tyias is back with us, which is good.

“We are going to try and organise an 11-a-side game for later in the week and if he comes through that, I expect him to be back at Newcastle on Monday night.”

Browning joined North End on January 30, seeing it as a chance to play regular football after a 
long-term injury.

He played five games at right-back but operates at centre-half too.

Grayson’s options at the back are limited by the absences of Clarke and Cunningham, so too Alex Baptiste (above) who is suspended.

Baptiste serves the last of a three-game ban for his red card at Leeds when North End go to St James’ Park.

In both Easter games, PNE started with a flat back four before switching to three at the back in the second half.

Browning could slot in at right-back in place of Marnick Vermijl, who has looked off the pace since coming back from hernia surgery.

The 22-year-old is also an option in the middle should Grayson go with a 3-5-2.

There is a chance that PNE will look to bring Browning back on loan next season.

He signed a new contract at Everton prior to being loaned out to Preston.