Jon Taylor could be thrown straight into the Peterborough United starting line-up on Saturday (February 14) despite an 86-day lay-off.
The attacking midfielder played 45 minutes for the Posh Development XI in a 2-0 win over Luton today (February 11). His first action since he was substituted in the early stages of the second-half of a 0-0 League One draw at Walsall on November 15.
Taylor played the first 45 minutes as a striker in the current first-team formation of 3-4-1-2. He created a goal for Jonathan Edwards - Harry Anderson scored the other goal seven minutes from time.
Taylor could well be deployed as a striker in Saturday’s home League One fixture with Rochdale. First-team manager Darren Ferguson has become concerned about the form of his regular first-team strikers.
Goalkeeper Ben Alnwick also completed 45 minutes after recovering from injury and the stopper made three excellent saves to keep Posh in front by the interval.
Taylor also saw a free-kick tipped over the bar while Anderson went close following a forceful run down the left.
Posh made changes at the break with Brazilian goalkeeper Rachoni De Lima impressing with a string of decent saves in the second-half when Luton also struck a post. Anderson made the game safe on 83 minutes as he nutmegged Scott Griffiths before rifling the ball into the back of the net.
Academy manager Dave Robertson was delighted with the performance: “I was over the moon. We knew it would be a tough challenge. Luton had two under 21 players and the rest were senior professionals. We had Ben, Jon and Ricardo Santos and the rest were youth team players. We stuck to our philosophy and take the game to them and the lads were excellent and on the front foot from the start.
“The senior players all performed very well, they showed a great attitude and we thoroughly deserved the win. It was a strong Luton side we were up against so I am delighted.”
Posh: Alnwick (sub De Lima 46min), H. Anderson, Adebayo-Rowling, Ward, Santos, Luto, Lee, Taylor (sub Robinson 46min), Friend (sub trialist 46min), Edwards, Keating.