Peterborough United forwards unlikely to play 90 minutes in League opener, teenager joins injured roster, chic plans for upcoming friendlies, most recent new signings
Posh could not have any striker available for the friendly action this Saturday (July 17) at Barnet except transfer-listed Mo Eisa as teenager Ricky-Jade Jones is currently treating a sore knee. He did not take part in Saturday’s Chelsea game or this morning’s friendly (July 20) at Posh’s training ground.
Clarke-Harris, who suffered from calf strain. is set to play his first 45 minutes of summer at Oxford United next Tuesday (July 27) with Marriott (knee disease) returning to Portsmouth on July 31, just seven days before the championship kicks off at Luton on August 7 .
“I might have to play in front of myself at Barnet,” Ferguson joked. “But seriously, Ricky could be fine by then and if he isn’t, we’ll just have to deal with the Under 23s, or even the young riders we have at the club now, escalating.
“We’ll only play one at Barnet and we have Siriki (Dembele) and Idris (Kanu) who could do a job with Mo.
“I’m not too concerned about the situation because it’s a long season. I expect Jonno and Jack to be available for Luton, but probably not to play 90 minutes.
“Jonno will be 45 minutes in Oxford and Jack 45 minutes in Portsmouth. We also have the King’s Lynn game on August 3rd in case we need to give someone extra minutes.
Posh is playing two games at Barnet with kickoffs at 2pm and 4pm. The two matches will be played over 75 minutes (45 minutes, then 30).
Posh is playing two 90-minute Oxford matches side-by-side behind closed doors at the host club’s training ground.
Posh will send an Under 23 team to Spalding the next day (July 28).
Ferguson has confirmed Posh is still looking for a few new players, but doesn’t expect any new arrivals until the weekend.