Paul Huntington returned to training at the end of last week and could return to Preston’s fold against Gillingham.
The defender has played just 45 minutes since suffering a head and back injury in the draw with neighbours Fleetwood at the end of last month.
However, North End are keeping their fingers crossed his comeback can give them a fully-fit squad as they close in on automatic promotion, with a five-point gap between them and third-placed MK Dons.
Jack King replaced Huntington in the only change to the Lilywhites’ starting XI and Simon Grayson is unlikely to ring the changes given Manchester United are the only team to beat them since January.
Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh will wait on the fitness of Joe Martin and Danny Galbraith ahead of the trip.
The pair have been suffering with hamstring injuries and while this League One clash may come too soon for left-back Martin, Galbraith could well be involved in the 18 to face North End.
Luke Norris should shake off a stomach injury to make that matchday squad as the Gills look to avoid losing to Simon Grayson’s side for the second time this season.
North End also did the double over Gillingham last season but Edinburgh can be encouraged by their 1-0 win over Bradford on Saturday.
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