Peterborough United return to Sky Bet Championship action on Wednesday evening with a trip to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers (7.45pm) with Darren Ferguson’s men looking to build on a positive performance at Stoke City on Saturday.
Posh were beaten 2-0 at the bet365 Stadium, but played well for large periods with just the composure in the final third lacking from a positive performance. Blackburn, who were recently beaten 7-0 at home by a ruthless Fulham, picked up a point from a 1-1 draw at Bristol City in their last fixture.
Posh are without the services of Joel Randall and Ricky-Jade Jones due to injury, but both are back in training and Randall has now completed 45 minutes and close to 70 minutes in under 23 fixtures and could be in the squad for the home clash with Barnsley on Saturday. Jones is due to feature in an under 23 fixture at Everton next Wednesday.
Jack Marriott will undergo a scan on Wednesday to hopefully get the green light to move to the next phase of his recovery from a serious hamstring injury. Manager Darren Ferguson is reporting no fresh injury worries from the weekend.
Blackburn are without the services of influential on-loan Leeds United attacking midfielder Ian Poveda who suffered a possible season-ending injury at Ashton Gate. The in-form Ben Brereton-Diaz is expected to lead the line, but Sam Gallagher could remain side-lined.
FROM THE GAFFER
“Blackburn are a good team. That defeat to Fulham was very much in isolation, they have some good players and they have some real threats, but to be honest, in every pre-match chat with the media, we would be talking about good players and excellent strikers in the opposition team. We know we can deal with that, we have shown we can, we just need to put in a good performance, but most importantly we need points now,” Ferguson said.
FROM THE OPPOSITION
“Sam Gallagher’s agonisingly close to returning, but he’s a few days away. He’s that close, he could play on Saturday but do we leave him until the following Saturday? Whether you risk him to potentially have him breaking down again, the medical department are conscious of that and they don’t want another break down. We’ll give them every opportunity to get the strengthening done and to make him robust for the team, that’s what we need,” Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray said.
Tickets are on sale for the trip to Ewood Park at www.theposhtickets.com and via the Weston Homes Stadium Box Office. Tickets will be on sale until 12pm on Wednesday from Peterborough. The game is not all-ticket and Posh fans can pay at the stadium. As at 9am on Wednesday, over 200 tickets had been sold.
Posh will be in the away kit for the game.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The match referee is John Brooks.