New Preston North End goalkeeper Declan Rudd is continuing to battle against an ongoing thigh problem according to the Lancashire Post.

The 26-year-old Diss born stopper joined The Lilywhites from Norwich City in the summer for an undisclosed fee but has spent most of his time at Deepdale so far in the treatment room.

Rudd picked up the injury in North End’s first friendly match of their pre-season schedule at Bamber Bridge early last month and that muscular problem is proving tough to shake off.

The former England Under-21 international keeper is yet to make his debut for The Lilywhites although he did manage to make the bench against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend. Despite the player having taken part in training in recent weeks, it remains to be seen when Rudd will be fit enough to seriously challenge for the number one jersey.

The keeper is a product of the Norwich City academy system and the player went on to make 34 senior appearances in all competitions for The Canaries during almost two decades with his former club. So often used as an understudy, Rudd was loaned out to Preston North End on two occasions earlier in his career and the player jumped at the chance to join The Lilywhites on a permanent basis this summer.

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