Hume in North End frame

Mon, 05 Dec 14:57:49 2011

Preston forward Iain Hume is in contention to end his injury lay-off in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern section semi-final against Chesterfield.

Hume has been sidelined with a knee injury since North End's 3-1 defeat to Huddersfield in October.

Any involvement for the Canadian striker is likely to be from the bench, with boss Phil Brown rating his chances as 50/50.

Experienced midfield duo Graham Alexander and Ian Ashbee could also return for the match.

Alexander was absent from last Tuesday's 1-0 win at Hartlepool due to a hamstring stain, but completed a full training session on Tuesday, while Ashbee is making good progress with his knee complaint.

Goalkeeper Iain Turner has returned to light training after suffering a broken foot, but Thorsten Stuckmann - Preston's hero in their penalty shoot-out victory over Rochdale in the previous round - will continue between the posts.


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