Preston North End manager Alex Neil has given an injury update ahead of the visit of Sheffield United.

The Blades travel to Deepdale on Saturday aiming to get their promotion push back on track with three points. They have dropped below Leeds United into third after losing at home to Bristol City last weekend.

Yet there could be some good news from a United point-of-view as Preston are suffering something of an injury crisis.

After confirming that Tom Barkhuizen and Andrew Hughes would miss the rest of the season, Neil has added another to that list.

Manchester City loanee Brendan Baker limped out of last week’s 2-1 loss at Reading with yet another hamstring injury.

“Brandon is not going to make it. That might be potentially be his season over so we will see what happens with him over the next week or so but that is still the early indications,” Neil told Lancashire Live.

“He has started coming on and impacting games for us and it is really disappointing from his point of view and ours because it is another player down.”

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Who else is out?

As Neil alludes to, the injury problems do not end there for the Lilywhites. Ben Pearson, Brad Potts and top scorer Alan Browne are also doubts for the game with the Blades.

Like Baker, Pearson also tweaked his hamstring at the Madejksi Stadium and yet played on. Meanwhile, Browne and Potts have been absent since mid-March.

“We will take a view on Ben. We are hoping that he could be available,” Neil continued.

“They (Browne and Potts) are in the same boat as Pearson – we are hopeful that they have got a chance but we will know more over the next two days.”

Browne in particular is a real danger man for Preston having scored 11 Championship goals already this season, despite being a midfielder.

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