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Team News: Preston North End v Pools

8 August 2016

We take a look at the latest from both camps ahead of Tuesday evening’s EFL Cup tie against Preston North End at Deepdale (7.45pm kick-off).

Craig Hignett will have no new injury worries to contend with for the trip to Preston on Tuesday night though the Pools boss could opt to make changes.

There are no new injury worries for Hignett to contend with ahead of the game with only Jake Orrell missing as he works on his fitness after struggling with a thigh injury during pre-season.

Nicky Featherstone had missed some training last week due to a groin problem but recovered in time to start against Colchester United on Saturday and got through over 70 minutes without any reaction.

Preston boss Simon Grayson will be without defender Calum Woods who underwent knee surgery last Wednesday, while striker Stevie May is still recuperating from his knee operation in December.

In a further blow, centre-back Tom Clarke limped off with a hamstring injury during the second half of their 1-0 defeat at Reading on Saturday and looks set for a spell on the sidelines.

Former Pools loan star Jordan Hugill came off the bench in the defeat at Reading and will hope to push for a start in the cup game on Tuesday.

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