Ben Whiteman and Ryan Ledson are one game away from a suspension that could see them miss the crunch derby with Blackpool later this month.
The midfielder duo have both been booked four times so far in the Championship and one more warning will amount to a ban.
North End visits Blackpool in a highly anticipated October 23 clash with Frankie McAvoy’s men facing home games with Derby and Coventry.
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A yellow card in the latter for Whiteman or Ledson would mean they would miss the Bloomfield Road clash with the pair set to reach the 19-game mark before the cut was lifted to 10 warnings and a two-game ban.
A suspension for the midfielder pair is therefore almost inevitable and both players, and manager McAvoy, are hoping they won’t miss the same game.
Ledson and Whiteman have both made 10 league appearances this season, the latter scoring three times.
North End is 18th in the league after winning just two of its first 11 games and sits three points above the relegation zone.
They were beaten 3-2 by QPR last time around and haven’t won a league game since August.
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