, Preston North End star to miss Plymouth Argyle tie amid ligament damage concern

Preston North End star to miss Plymouth Argyle tie amid ligament damage concern

Preston North End will be without midfielder Ben Whiteman for this weekend’s clash with Plymouth Argyle due to ankle ligament damage, it has been confirmed.

Preston North End saw a seven-game unbeaten run ended last time out. They were beaten 2-1 by Steven Schumacher’s Stoke City, leaving them 10th in the Championship table and five points off the play-offs.

The defeat dealt a hit to their top six hopes but it wasn’t the only blow to emerge. Midfield mainstay Whiteman was forced off in the latter stages of the tie.

Fans have been awaiting an update ahead of this weekend’s test against Plymouth Argyle and now, the latest has emerged.

Reporter George Hodgson has relayed information from manager Ryan Lowe confirming that Whiteman will miss the trip to Home Park this weekend. He has suffered ankle ligament damage but with the 27-year-old swollen and bruised, the full extent of the blow will not become clearer until after the upcoming international break.

Whiteman has started the last 13 Championship games and has featured 30 times across all competitions. Amid this new blow though, time will tell just how long he faces out.

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, Preston North End star to miss Plymouth Argyle tie amid ligament damage concern

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Whiteman has been a key figure for Preston North End and a mainstay in their starting XI since joining from Doncaster Rovers a little over three years ago. However, they’ll be without him for at least this weekend’s Plymouth test.

With him cast to the sidelines, Lowe has options in terms of replacements. Ryan Ledson was substituted on in his place against Stoke and could land a first start since January as a result.

However, the return of Brad Potts could pave the way for captain Alan Browne to return to his natural midfield role after a spell on the right. Thrusting Potts straight back into the starting XI could be risky though, so Lowe and co will need to lean on the side of the caution when picking his lineup.

Preston will be determined to return to winning ways after defeat last time out. A finish in the play-offs is still up for grabs but a dip in form now could see their hopes dwindle over the final weeks of the campaign.

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