Preston North End will be able to call on the services of keeper Jordan Pickford for the Boxing Day clash with Huddersfield Town after successfully appealing his red card against Leeds United.

The 21-year-old was sent off after the referee decided he had handled the ball outside the area to deny a goalscoring opportunity.

However, PNE's appeal for wrongful dismissal was upheld after the club contested that the ball hit his chest and there were covering defenders in the vicinity.

Preston will also be checking on the fitness of three midfielders ahead of the festive meeting at the John Smith's Stadium.

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Former Town loanee Jermaine Beckford has been out since September and is a long term absentee, but Daniel Johnson and Alan Browne will be assessed after hamstring problems - and are likely to be in contention for the clash.

A third midfiielder, Paul Gallagher, is struggling with a groin problem but did play through it for the entire 90 minutes in PNE's 1-0 loss to Leeds on Sunday.

Town meanwhile will hope to welcome back Emyr Huws (hamstring) and Jonathan Hogg (hip) , and the Terriers are still waiting to see Philip Billing and Elliott Ward return from ankle and knee injuries respectively.

Both have now returned to training with the first team but it remains to be seen how long boss David Wagner feels they need to adapt to his methods.

Joel Lynch turned in a hugely impressive display against Rotherham on his return to action, and revealed afterwards that he had felt fit for a number of games previously, but he felt the benefits of Wagner's advice to be patient.