Wycombe v Preston preview
Last Updated: 05/01/18 9:51am
Wycombe will give a late fitness test to Dominic Gape ahead of their FA Cup third-round tie with Preston.
Midfielder Gape suffered a thigh strain against Forest Green on New Year's Day and had to be substituted early in the second half. Matt Bloomfield was taken off as a precaution in that game but will be available, while defender Adam El-Abd, who has not featured since mid-December, is likely to return from a calf problem.
Defenders Sido Jombati (knee), Anthony Stewart (calf) and Michael Harriman (broken leg) are out, along with forward Scott Kashket (pelvis).
Billy Bodin could make his Preston debut, but fellow new signing Louis Moult's bow will likely have to wait. Bodin was signed from Bristol Rovers on Thursday evening and is not cup-tied having missed their previous game in the competition.
Moult, recruited from Motherwell, has also completed his switch to North End but revealed he is carrying a slight injury that will prevent him from training until next week. Eoin Doyle is back from a productive loan spell with Oldham yet a bout of illness means he will miss out along with Tommy Spurr (knee), Josh Earl (knee) and Sean Maguire (hamstring), while Darnell Fisher (hip) remains a doubt.
Wycombe and Preston last met in the FA Cup in December 2013, a 1-0 win for Preston - the Chairboys haven't beaten Preston since the 1994 fourth tier play-off final at Wembley (D3 L8 since).
This is Wycombe's first FA Cup tie against a side in the second tier since February 2001 - they beat Wimbledon on penalties in a fifth round replay on their way to that season's semi-finals.
The Chairboys have never reached the fourth round of the FA Cup in back to back seasons - their only two previous appearances came in 2000/01 and last season, losing 4-3 to Spurs.
Preston have lost their last three FA Cup matches - they haven't lost four in a row since November 1981.