Calum Woods: Preston North End defender ruled out of Championship campaign

Calum Woods joined Preston in June 2014 after being released by Huddersfield Town

Preston North End defender Calum Woods has been ruled out for nine months with a serious knee injury.

The 29-year-old was hurt during a pre-season friendly against League One club Oldham Athletic on Tuesday.

Scans confirmed the former Huddersfield player damaged both the medial and cruciate ligaments in his right knee.

"It's a big blow for us because he's been a consistent performer for us," the Championship side's manager Simon Grayson told the club website. external-link

"It's going to be a difficult road for him, we have suffered quite a few long-term injuries really and I think the lads will get experience from other players and talk to them."

Preston finished 11th in the second tier last season, following their promotion from League One in 2014-15.

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