Brentford v Preston preview

March 15, 2013

Ipswich are without Frank Nouble but welcome back Richard Stearman for Saturday's Championship clash with Bolton at Portman Road.

Nouble made his first start for Town in last weekend's goalless draw at Peterborough but has sustained a slight hamstring injury in training this week and will not be involved against Wanderers.

Nouble came in at London Road for Michael Chopra, who will hope to have recovered from a dead leg to play.

Defender Stearman is back having completed his one-match ban against Posh but winger Lee Martin serves the second game of his three-match suspension and continues to miss out.


Skipper Carlos Edwards was deemed fit enough for a place on the bench against Peterborough following a groin injury and he will also be hoping for a starting berth.

Bolton could welcome back Adam Bogdan.

The goalkeeper has missed Wanderers' last two matches with a groin injury but boss Dougie Freedman has revealed the Hungary international is back in training.

A place on the bench may have to suffice, as former Preston and Leeds keeper Andy Lonergan has impressed with back-to-back clean sheets in the 1-0 home victories over Blackburn and Brighton.

Keith Andrews (Achilles) and Tyrone Mears (blood infection) remain on the sidelines, while Mark Davies (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sam Saunders could return to the starting line-up for the Bees.

Striker Wright-Phillips and winger Saunders climbed off the bench Brentford trailing to Swindon on Tuesday night, and their introduction helped Uwe Rosler's side fight back to win 2-1.

The Bees have no new injury worries following their midweek victory and have club captain Kevin O'Connor and striker Farid El Alagui edging closer to fitness after lengthy spells out.

Long-serving midfielder O'Connor has been out for four months with an ankle problem while El Alagui suffered a knee injury in October.

The duo will not feature on Saturday but have been pencilled in for a reserve game against Charlton early next week.

North End hope to have Jack King back in contention for the trip.

The versatile midfielder missed Tuesday night's 1-0 win at Notts County due to a hip problem picked up during last weekend's Deepdale triumph over Stevenage.

Defender Bailey Wright came off at half-time at Meadow Lane and faces a late fitness test after aggravating the ankle injury he first sustained against MK Dons a fortnight ago.

Midfielder Joel Byrom is closing in on a return following hernia surgery but remains around a week away from action.

Long-term injury victim Scott Laird (broken leg) is set to resume non-contact training in the near future.

North End are unbeaten in their last five league matches, claiming three wins and two draws.