NIGEL Clough will have a depleted squad to chose from on Saturday with a mixture of illness and injury reducing the players he will have available to face Preston at the Pirelli Stadium.
The Brewers manager said: “We have a few doubts. Lloyd Dyer’s not trained yet this week. Sean Scannell hasn’t trained. Matty Lund has an illness and has been off all week with one of these bugs. Jamie Allen has had a family bereavement - so we are not sure if any of them will make it. Joe Mason has also been taken ill and ended up in hospital and so is a major doubt for Saturday.
“We were also surprised that John Brayford got through the 90 minutes at Derby after coming back from injury – through sheer bloody-mindedness and will power. He’s been out five weeks and got through the game after one training session and he played very well which was brilliant for us. We are hoping he will be OK for Saturday, but it will be a couple of weeks before he is up to speed.
“It seems to be mostly in the forward areas at the moment we are picking up injuries. But that gives other people opportunities and it’s been a big bonus having Will Miller fit again as he has been like a breath of fresh air. He played well on Saturday and did well to get through the game in only his second start. He perks everyone up in training and on matchdays he is lively and does his job.”