Jordan Nicholson nears return as Peterborough Sports boss insists there is light at the end of the tunnel

Forward Jordan Nicholson is nearing a return to fitness in what is expected to be a big boost to Peterborough Sports.
Jordan Nicholson is nearing a return for Peterborough Sports. Photo: James Richardson.Jordan Nicholson is nearing a return for Peterborough Sports. Photo: James Richardson.
Jordan Nicholson is nearing a return for Peterborough Sports. Photo: James Richardson.

Nicholson hit six goals in eight games and was the National League North’s top goalscorer before suffering a second career leg break against Redditch in September.

He was initially expected to be out until February but Sports received the news on Saturday that his break has calcified; which means he will be able to return to light training.

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The aim is to at least have him on the bench against Cheshunt in the FA Trophy next Saturday (November 19).

Boss Jimmy Dean said: “With Jordan, he trained on Wednesday and will now build himself up at home and resume contact training next Thursday. He’ll then work with our strength and conditioning coach and we hope to have him in the squad for the trophy and with a week’s break, we can see where he’s at.”

Sports have also been boosted by the return to fitness of Isaiah Bazely and hope to have Nathan Fox back in the side for the visit of Spennymoor on Saturday (November 12). They have also called back the versatile Dan Jarvis from his loan at Bedford Town to bolster their ranks.

Meanwhile, midfielder Lamine Kaba Sherif has been allowed to join Southern League Division One Central side Ilkeston Town on loan to get some game time.

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Before the positive injury news though Sports had been dealt a number of cruel injury blows and that continued into Monday's (November 7) win over Bradford Park Avenue with new signing Spencer Keller missing out due to injury; forcing Josh McCammon onto the wing.

Injuries and a loss of momentum after the FA Cup defeat to Curzon Ashton led to a five-game winless in the league run which Sports did manage to break last time out.

A cautiously optimistic Dean says he can now see light at the end of the tunnel after a tricky run.

He said: “It feels like things could be getting better now and there is some light at the end of the tunnel. We hope getting those players back will give us some fresh impetus and that we don't pick up any more injuries.

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“There are plenty of balls in this team. It’s been a hard time for the club in the last month but the players have stuck to the task.

“The penalty save against Boston gave us momentum. I know it was only a draw but the buzz was back and it felt like a win and I was really determined to take that feeling into the game against Bradford.

“The positives are here now. The penalty save against Boston, the performances have always been positive, apart from the first half at Brackley, now we’ve got some points to show for our endeavour and our performance levels and it’s about can we go and get some more points on the board? Every single one counts in this league.”

14th-placed Sports now host 18th-placed Spennymoor on Saturday (November 12) before travelling to 15th-placed Hereford on Tuesday (November 15).

Hereford have Tyrone Barnett in their ranks, who Posh paid a million pounds for in 2012.