We have been short of some of our best players over these last two weeks and Isaac Hayden finally returned from his ankle injury against Leeds United and made a big difference.
Two of the players we are still missing are our top scorer Dwight Gayle and our best defender this season – Ciaran Clark.
A week or so ago Ciaran was said by Rafa to be almost fit after picking up his knee injury in the 3-1 defeat at home to Fulham on 11th March.
Ciaran Clark – fit for Preston?
When Ciaran was injured it was said to be a knock and it wasn’t thought serious, but he’s now been out over five weeks and missed six crucial games.
The next three games are spread out a little bit so if Ciaran and Dwight are not fit for the game on Monday night against Preston he could be fit to pay at Cardiff on the following Friday night
Actually it’s because of TV that we have delayed our Preston game to Monday night and have an early Cardiff game on the following Friday night.
Getting Ciaran Clark back to steady the defense is a key thing, but we don’t know if Dwight Gayle will be fit.
Dwight Gayle – hamstring injury
Maybe he can be fit for the last two games of the season, but with chronic hamstring injuries in his career, Rafa could be unwilling to risk the striker.
Let’s hope Ciaran can play on Monday.