Ireland's Seanie Maguire to miss the start of the season with Preston and Ireland's Nations League clash with Wales
Preston North End striker Seanie Maguire has been ruled out for eight weeks with a hamstring injury
Alex Neill confirmed the news at a press conference this morning.
The former Cork City striker imped off midway through the first half of Preston’s 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic on Saturday.
“Sean was taken off as a precaution, we didn’t think much of it,” Neil told the media of the 24-year-old this morning.
“Because of his history, we got him scanned and it’s come back a lot worse than what we thought. We will be missing for the best part of a couple of months.”
“It’s really bad luck, he was feeling the best he’s ever felt physically and now this has happened which is a huge blow for us and the club.”
Maguire will miss Ireland UEFA Nations League opener with Wales on September 6 in Cardiff and the friendly with Poland five days later.
There was worse news for Maguire's Preston teammate Billy Bodun who is out for six months after suffering knee ligament damage.
Irish international Alan Brown said: “It’s always hard when your teammates get injuries, not just for the team but as people it’s never nice to see your mates in that situation.
“They are two valuable players for us but we need to put it to the back of our minds and do what we need to do.”