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Greg Cunningham attempts to run off an injury for Preston - turns out it's a broken leg

The Galway native will miss the rest of the season.

Image: Mike Egerton

GREG CUNNINGHAM WILL miss the rest of the season after suffering a fracture to his tibia during Preston’s Championship defeat at home to Norwich.

The Galway native picked up the injury inside the opening 10 minutes and initially tried to run it off before the pain became too much and he was stretchered off.

Speaking after his side’s 3-1 loss, boss Simon Grayson shed more light on Cunningham and praised his resilience.

“Greg’s got a fracture to his leg which means he’ll be out for the rest of the season, but hopefully he’ll be back for pre-season,” he said.

“He’s a top a lad and tried to carry on. A brave, brave player, one of the best players that I signed at this football club and it’s unfortunate that this incident has happened. Obviously it’s serious, but it’s not too serious that it’s going to rule him out for months and months. I think it’s a six-week turnaround which will have him ready for the pre-season, so we’ll get him sorted and see him in pre-season.”

Cunningham was one of three Irishmen involved for Preston with Andy Boyle and Aiden McGeady both starting too.

Daryl Horgan was on the bench.

The defeat ended their faint hopes of making the play-offs and they sit in 10th place currently – 12 points behind sixth-placed Fulham.

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