Louis Moult faces fight to be fit for Preston North End's trip to Sheffield Wednesday

Louis Moult remains a doubt for Preston North End's trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Wednesday, 19th December 2018, 2:58 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th December 2018, 4:03 pm
Preston North End striker Louis Moult

The striker missed the 3-2 win over Millwall at Deepdale last time out due to a nerve problem in his hamstring.

Moult had started the previous three Championship games, scoring the winning goal in the 1-0 victory at Nottingham Forest.

With numbers light up top, boss Alex Neil had hoped the former Motherwell man would be okay to feature at Hillsborough but his involvement is up in the air.

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Preston North End striker Louis Moult

“It’s not a bad injury by any means,” said the PNE manager at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday.

“It’s one that we’ve had to monitor.

“We took a view on it for the weekend and it wasn’t quite right.

“We’re still having a look at it just now and it’s a bit uncertain as to how it will be come the weekend.

“It’s disappointing for Louis.

“But what it will do, especially if the lads keep going the way they are and keep churning out victories, is make him hungry to come back in and show what he can do.

“We’ll see how he goes and then make a decision at the end of the week.”

Moult looks like the only player in contention to return this weekend.

With just 17 fit players available, Neil turned to 16-year-old academy winger Ethan Walker to fill his bench for the win over the Lions last Saturday.

Sean Maguire, hamstring, Brandon Barker, hamstring, and Josh Earl, thigh, are all well on the comeback trail but aren’t ready to return to Championship action just yet.

“Sean is making good progress, Josh is making good progress and Brandon is making good progress,” said Neil.

“We’ve got quite a few on the mend but in terms of immediate players coming back were still pretty light.”