Preston boss Alex Neil is hoping for more good news ahead of Tuesday night’s home clash with Fulham.
The Lilywhites slipped to a fourth successive Sky Bet Championship defeat at QPR on Saturday, but Neil was able to welcome back defender Andrew Hughes from a five-game absence, while club captain Tom Clarke, who has not played since August because of a foot injury, was an unused substitute.
Defenders Patrick Bauer, Ben Davies and Darnell Fisher are all closing in on returns as North End look to end a four-game losing streak.
Veteran midfielder Paul Gallagher missed out at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium but is pushing for inclusion, while Daniel Johnson remains a doubt and Louis Moult and Josh Ginnelly are still out.
Fulham manager Scott Parker will check on striker Bobby Reid once again.
The on-loan Cardiff frontman has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury and will hope his enforced exile is drawing to a close.
Parker was also without Harrison Reed, Harry Arter and Maxime Le Marchand for Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Bristol City and will keep his fingers crossed for better fortune this time around.
The setback at the weekend ended a four-game winning streak and left the Cottagers in third place in the table, 10 points adrift of leaders West Brom and eight shy of second-placed Leeds.