PHIL BROWN is ready to reshuffle his Preston defence for today’s Galpharm clash with Town.
And that could involved a recall for teenage centre-back Daniel Devine, who has been out for two months with a broken jaw.
After three successive defeats and with 15 goals conceded in their last seven League I games, boss Brown has hinted he might turn to the Irishman.
“Danny has been involved in full training for the last week and a half,” said Brown, whose seventh-placed side slumped 4-2 at home to Sheffield United on Wednesday.
“He’s not had a 90 minutes in the reserves yet, which puts a question mark about him being able to see through a game of football at first-team level.
“But it’s physical and mental strength we need out there at the moment.”
Brown, who will hand a late fitness test to eight-goal top scorer Neil Mellor, who missed the Blades clash with an ankle injury, added: “I thought Wednesday night’s performance was a similar type to when we got turned over by Colchester on the opening day of the season.
“When we had the ball, I was quite pleased with what we did.
“But without it, I wasn’t quite so pleased and we have to do something about it.
“Putting it right is a collective responsibility.”
Yeovil, who host Town next Saturday, have signed Millwall centre-back Darren Purse on a month’s loan.
He will provide cover for injured ex-Leeds man Paul Huntington.
Liverpool’s former Town loan striker Nathan Eccleston, right, has joined Rochdale for a month.