Sheffield Wednesday’s next opponents Preston North End will be without their captain and key man Alan Browne for their visit of the Owls.

Wednesday travel to Deepdale next Saturday for what will be their first game since Garry Monk’s sacking as manager.

And whoever is in charge of the Owls could have a slightly easier ride, after the Republic of Ireland confirmed that Browne tested positive for Covid-19.

The 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes of Ireland’s 3-0 defeat against England at Wembley on Thursday.

But he must now undergo a period of isolation, which rules him out of Ireland and Preston’s next two fixtures, according to Lancashire Live.

Browne has scored twice in 11 league games for Preston this season, who have suffered six straight home defeats in that time.

Whether or not Wednesday can take advantage of the situation remains to be seen.

The Owls last won at Preston on New Year’s Eve, 2011, on their way out of League One.

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Tony Pulis is expected to be named Monk’s successor once terms are agreed with Wednesday, according to BBC Radio Sheffield.

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