Sunday 22 July 2018

'We are hoping it's not serious. He is an important player for us' - Preston boss on Sean Maguire injury

Seán Maguire celebrates scoring for Preston on Saturday
Seán Maguire celebrates scoring for Preston on Saturday

Preston boss Alex Neil is hoping Sean Maguire's injury is not too serious as the Irishman is "an imortant player" for the team.

Former Cork City striker Maguire provided a goal, scored one himself and was substituted in just 30 minutes of action in Preston's 2-2 draw at Fulham on Saturday.

The in-form Irishman, making his 10th start for Preston, was the provider for their opener as he pulled the ball back for Jordan Hugill to finish after fine approach play on the left flank.

He doubled the Lilywhites advantage when he deflected Tom Barkhuizen's shot to the net in the 25th minute.

His afternoon ended five minutes later when he received a knock and was replaced by Josh Harrop.

North End boss Alex Neil said: "Sean felt his hamstring. We are hoping it is not too severe because he is a key player for us as we saw in the first half.

"Tom Barkhuizen hadn’t really trained a lot last week or the week before because he had done his ankle in the last game.

"He’d only done a couple of days training so he fatigued quite early on."

Ireland boss Martin O'Neill will be hoping the injury isn't too serious as he plans for next month's World Cup play-offs.

Maguire has become a fan favourite at Deepdale as the clip below illustrates.

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