Thigh Concern For Rudd
Declan Rudd is perhaps one who wouldn't have been jumping for joy when Alex Neil was appointed as his former Norwich boss had sanctioned a previous loan exit to Charlton - the new Preston boss had already left Carrow Road when Simon Grayson snapped him up.
His first taste of action as a permanent player at North End came during Friday evening's 7-0 victory over Bamber Bridge but the goalkeeper was forced off at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium due to a thigh muscle tweak.
Rudd was taken off immediately with no risks taken.
First team coach Steve Thompson told the Lancashire Evening Post: 'I didn`t see it when Dec got the injury. But I`m told he did it when he went to strike the ball at a goalkick. It was a niggle on his thigh, he said he felt a little twinge and at this stage of pre-season it is better safe than sorry.'
However, Thompson's confident it isn't serious with that the only disappointment on an otherwise 'very good night' for Preston.
'We got him straight away and hopefully he`ll be okay pretty soon. The physio will assess it and we will go from there. Dec being injured was the only disappointment on what was a very good night for us.'
Calum Woods and John Welsh sat out as they continue their recoveries from long-term injuries as they weren't quite ready with Josh Harrop, a summer signing from Manchester United, having a tight calf so understandably Preston 'weren't going to risk' him.
Ben Davies, Stevie May, Callum Robinson, Tom Barkhuizen a brace from Jordan Hugill helped Preston to a win and first year professional Melle Meulensteen also scored a goal.
Meulensteen, 18, said he was feeling good and enjoyed his experience with the first team and the goal he could score as an he aims to impress Alex Neil.
He told the Official Website: 'I'm feeling good, obviously it's a good experience to play tonight. I've had a good few days training, getting used to the lads, seeing how they play and it's let them see how I play and it's been a good game today and it's good to get a goal. It's always a good feeling no matter what team you're in, to score is always good and thankfully I have done that today and hopefully I can make an impression with it.'
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