February 21, 2024

Tom Cannon, a summer target and a former Preston goal hero, is getting close to making his much anticipated Leicester debut.

After reportedly spending £7.5 million to move to the King Power Stadium on transfer deadline day, the 20-year-old, who scored eight goals in 20 Championship loan outings for the Lilywhites the previous season, has not yet made an appearance for the Foxes.

The under-21 international for the Republic of Ireland is unable to practice for his new club due to a stress fracture in his back. However, all of that might alter on Saturday and for Preston’s trip to Middlesbrough, where the table-toppers play on November 28.

The previous time, Leicester’s manager Enzo Maresca had two sessions (before to) the last game (against Leeds), as he stated on the team’s official website. He’s with us now, so tomorrow he might be in the squad. He is back. He spent roughly a week with us.

“Two months is a long time after.” Every day he’s getting in shape. He might join us tomorrow, but not until an hour and a half.

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Preston believed they had an agreement to keep Cannon after his Deepdale impact in the second half of the previous season during the summer. However, due to a “change in the goalposts,” manager Ryan Lowe was forced to focus elsewhere, which resulted in North End making deadline-day moves for Milutin Osmajic and Liam Millar.

Leicester leads the table by three points above Ipswich in second place and has been managing without Cannon quite well. But the Foxes are coming off a 1-0 home loss to Leeds when they visit the Riverdside tomorrow.

Sixth position With a win over Lancashire rivals Blackburn at Ewood Park tonight, Preston can cut the deficit to 11 points and maintain their play-off spot.

After their moves on deadline day, Millar (number one) and Osmajic (number three) have a combined total of four Championship goals.

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