It almost made old Ferret's eyes water – even if he's never heard of it.
But there was something about a torn “rectus femoris” which sounded particularly painful. Not sure what it was; couldn't quite put my finger on it. Actually, not sure whether you'd want to put your finger on it.
Fair play to the boys on the Lancashire Evening Post, they did the decent and explained just what a rectus femoris is tonight – it's “one of the quadriceps muscles in the thigh”.
And it belongs to Preston North End striker Patrick Agyemang. And that ruptured rectus femoris is, according to the docs, about to keep the strapping former Dons youngster out for the Lilywhites first four games of the season.
And if that isn't a big enough pain in the butt for Deepdale boss Paul Simpson, he's now got Neil Mellor struggling with “a knee right up the backside”.
He, too, is struggling for Saturday after failing to shrug the injury off in their 3-0 defeat to Premiership neighbours Blackburn Rovers in their own, final dress rehearsal for Saturday's opener against City.
“Losing Patrick is a real blow to us,” said Simpson, yet to really replace David Nugent after his long-expected decision to jump ship this summer.
“We had him scanned on Friday and there is a possibility he could be out for maybe three weeks. We will have to try and get someone in to replace him.
“Mellor's got a knee right up the backside. We will see over the next few days how he is, but hopefully he will be OK for the weekend,” Simmo told the Post. “If he isn't right for Saturday then we are going to be pretty short-handed.”
They are also going to be pretty short up front, too. Literally.
Worthy's one-time charge at Blackpool – Brett Ormerod is lively, but at 5ft 11in tall, he ain't the biggest.
And nor is his likely side-kick if Mellor doesn't make it. Karl Hawley is 5ft 8in – not that stopped him much at Carlisle. He banged in 47 goals in 118 appearances for Simpson's old club before his free transfer switch to Deepdale this summer.
Either way, Simpson appears desperate to bolt on a new striker before Saturday – particularly after Watford's Darius Henderson reportedly turned down a ?1.3 million move.
Henderson stands 6ft 1in tall – the same size as Agyemang. An inch taller than six-foot Mellor.
“We are looking at everything we can to bring players in to help us,” he said. “Whatever sort of deal it is. It has been frustrating, but we will keep trying to bring people in.”
In the meantime, that's one for Granty and Duffy to note; if no-one else arrives between now and then, it'll need to be short and on the floor if Preston are to get anywhere.
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