Precautionary Methods For Moyes

David Moyes will rest a number of his players as a precaution for this evening's latest pre-season test against Dundee United.

The manager is loathe to take any risks at this stage of the preparations for the new campaign and even the slightest niggle will mean a place on the sidelines.

David Unsworth and Steve Watson have already been ruled out of the game at Tannadice and young defender Peter Clarke could be added to the list.

Unsy is suffering from severe blisters and is in some discomfort, while Watson has been unable to train with the rest of the squad due to a slight thigh strain.

Neither problem is deemed as serious and both players should be fit to play at Deepdale when Moyes makes his return to Preston at the weekend.

Clarke is pencilled in for this evening's tough test against Ian McCall's side, who have just returned from the same Austrian training camp the Blues were at earlier this month.

But the 21-year-old defender has been complaining of a slight back strain and if the problem deteriorates any further then he will be left out.

Duncan Ferguson is expected to begin the game with The Terrors on the bench, as the Goodison Chief looks to eased the Big Scot in gradually.

Ferguson failed to start a single game last season and Moyes has admitted that his forthcoming suspension has forced him to alter his pre-season plans.

"Duncan can't start the first three games of the season and that has been in my thoughts all the time while I am planning pre-season," said Moyes.

"I have to act accordingly, and while Duncan will figure at some stage tonight, he is not likely to start."

Richard Wright will once again not be considered as he continues with his comeback from a shoulder injury, whilst Wayne Rooney, Mark Pembridge and Lee Carsley are all out.

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