Preston v Stevenage preview

Date published: Friday 13th September 2013 1:07

Unbeaten Preston will have Chris Humphrey back from international duty when they try and get one over former boss Graham Westley and Stevenage.

Winger Humphrey missed Monday’s narrow win over Oldham while he was on international duty with Jamaica, yet returns to Simon Grayson’s squad for the meeting with his predecessor Westley.

North End have yet to field the same XI for two games on the spin and that statistic looks likely to continue with Humphrey’s comeback, despite their recent run of good form.

Kevin Davies and Stuart Beavon both opened their accounts for the season against Latics and should be partnered in attack once again with just Jack King (foot) sidelined. Jeffrey Monokana has gone to Colchester on loan.

Stevenage boss Graham Westley has a number of injury problems as he prepares for the trip to his former club.

Midfielder James Dunne is out for a fortnight after picking up a knock in training and striker Darius Charles is a doubt with an ankle problem.

Winger Lucas Akins faces another couple of months on the sidelines with his ankle injury and defender Ben Chorley is not yet ready to return from the groin problem which has kept him out all season.

As well as Westley, goalkeeper Chris Day and full-back David Gray will also be facing their old club.

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Preston v Stevenage preview

Date published: Friday 8th March 2013 1:16

Keith Keane completes the final game of a two-match suspension as Simon Grayson takes charge at home for the first time.

Paul Connolly took Keane’s place in the starting line-up as North End played out a 1-1 draw at MK Dons last weekend and is expected to resume right-back duties.

Fellow defenders David Buchanan (hamstring) and Bailey Wright (ankle) picked up injuries against the Dons that ruled them out of training in the early stages of this week and the pair will be assessed.

John Mousinho came through a behind-closed-doors friendly against Blackpool and could feature against his former club.

Scott Laird has started light training as he steps up rehabilitation from a broken leg but will not make a full return until pre-season, while Joel Byrom (hernia) is set to be out for at least another fortnight.

Boro will be without midfielder James Dunne through suspension.

Dunne starts a two-match ban after collecting a 10th yellow card of the season against Brentford on Tuesday night.

Anthony Grant could step into midfield for Dunne while boss Gary Smith is otherwise unlikely to tinker with the side which ended a six-match losing streak with a 1-0 win against the Bees.

Steve Arnold is set to keep his spot between the sticks after replacing former Preston loanee Chris Day in midweek, while full-back David Gray makes his first return to Deepdale since leaving North End last summer.

Teenage forward Anthony Jeffrey is still awaiting his Stevenage debut following his recent loan switch from Premier League club Arsenal.

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Preston v Stevenage preview

Date published: Friday 9th December 2011 12:55

Preston will be without Barry Nicholson.

Nicholson is sidelined with an ankle injury, while fellow midfielder Ian Ashbee remains a doubt due to a knee complaint.

As a result, veteran Graham Alexander is set to continue in the middle of the park alongside on-loan Barnsley man Nathan Doyle, having returned to the fray in Tuesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Section semi-final loss to Chesterfield on penalties.

Iain Hume is battling to be in contention following a lengthy knee-injury absence.

The Canadian forward was rated as 50/50 by boss Phil Brown for the Spireites clash in midweek but failed to make the matchday squad.

In their last league outing, North End halted a nine-match winless run by beating Hartlepool 1-0 at Victoria Park courtesy of Neil Mellor’s first-half strike.

Stevenage could be without Ronnie Henry.

Defender Henry suffered a leg injury late in the first half of the FA Cup second-round victory at non-league Stourbridge last weekend and had to be replaced by Joel Byrom.

The versatile Darius Charles continued his comeback from injury with a run-out in the Hertfordshire Cup in midweek.

Peter Winn, back from a loan spell at Cambridge, played in that game against non-league neighbours Hitchin, while fellow striker Don Cowan also featured as he looks to prove his fitness and break back into first-team contention.

Midfielders Stacy Long and Robin Shroot and forward Byron Harrison are options for manager Graham Westley should he wish to make changes.

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