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PRE­STON North End boss Si­mon Grayson is con­fi­dent he has the strength in depth to cope with Jer­maine Beck­ford’s ab­sence for “a few months” af­ter the striker un­der­went knee surgery.

The 31-year-old moved to Deep­dale on a per­ma­nent deal over the sum­mer but missed the start of the cam­paign due to a knee prob­lem.

The for­mer Leeds United for­ward did make a cou­ple of sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ances in Au­gust, but has opted to un­dergo an op­er­a­tion to re­pair car­ti­lage dam­age.

But af­ter pick­ing up Eoin Doyle and Ste­vie May on dead­line day, Grayson is con­fi­dent he has the cover to han­dle Beck­ford’s ab­sence.

“Jer­maine has had the op­er­a­tion and will be out for a num­ber of months un­for­tu­nately,” Grayson said.

“It is neg­a­tive news but we had enough pos­i­tives with the two lads Eoin Doyle and Ste­vie May who we brought in last week. Jer­maine's in­jury was the rea­son we did those deals.

“These things hap­pen in football, we have seen other teams lose top play­ers with in­juries.”

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