Rochdale v Preston preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:53

Rochdale v Preston preview

Defender Neill Byrne could make his Rochdale debut when Preston travel to Spotland.
Former Nottingham Forest academy graduate Byrne, 18, penned an 18-month deal with Dale on New Year’s Day and is immediately available to caretaker boss Chris Beech.
Midfielder Joe Thompson returned in the New Year’s Eve stalemate with Walsall following a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a thigh injury and could retain his place in the starting line-up.
Goalkeeper David Lucas also came back against the Saddlers, making his first appearance since suffering a head injury against Sheffield United last month.
Beech is selecting from a somewhat streamlined Rochdale squad after loanees Matthew Barnes-Homer, Pim Balkestein, Roland Bergkamp and Ahmad Benali left the club in the wake of manager Steve Eyre’s departure.
Midfielder Simon Hackney (abdominal) and defender Marc Twaddle (back) remain unavailable.
Meanwhile, joint caretaker manager Graham Alexander has suggested Jake Jervis will make his Preston debut in the npower League One clash with Rochdale.
The 20-year-old forward is a new arrival at Deepdale after agreeing a four-week youth loan from Birmingham.
“You have to concentrate on the players that are fit and we will pick a team that can go and win three points against Rochdale,” said Alexander on North End’s official website. “Jake will definitely come into that conversation because he is here and he is fit.”
Jervis will contest a place in attack with Jamie Proctor, who returned from a setback in his recovery from a hernia operation to start the New Year’s Eve defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Deepdale, while midfielder Barry Nicholson (ankle) is expected to miss out once more.
Centre-back Jamie McCombe is set to play his last game for the Lilywhites before returning to parent club Huddersfield.
McCombe was recalled by the Terriers last week before being granted a slightly extended stay in Lancashire for the remainder of the festive fixtures.

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