Great news as Jack Taylor passed fit to face Fleetwood and Dembele update

Peterborough United’s chances of automatic promotion from League One received a huge shot in the arm today (March 30) as midfielder Jack Taylor was passed fit to play at Fleetwood on Good Friday.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 4:51 pm
Posh star Jack Taylor has recovered from injury.

Taylor has missed the last seven Posh matches with a hamstring issue - two wins. two draws and three defeats - but as long as he suffers no setbacks in training over the next two days he will play at the Highbury Stadium.

It is however likely Taylor won’t play 90 minutes against Fleetwood or in the massive match at home to Sunderland on Easter Monday.

Star forward Siriki Dembele is not so certain to play on Good Friday as he battles with a back problem. Ferguson might not even start him if fully fit as he was delighted with how Dan Butler and Harrison Burrows linked up down the left hand side during last Saturday’s 7-0 home win over Accrington Stanley last weekend.

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“I have to remember there are nine matches left, not just two,” Posh boss Darren Ferguson said. “Jack has a had a serious muscle injury so he will still need managing, but unless anything untowards happend in the next two days, he will be involved on Friday.

“I will only give him a certain amount of minutes in both Easter games. I know in my mind what I am going do for the Fleetwood match and then we’ll check him out again before we play Sunderland.

“The fitness and medical lads at the club have worked wonders to get him fit ahead of schedule.

“Siriki should be okay for Friday, but again we have to be careful with him. Missing last weekend and having a full week off should have done him the world of good.

“He’s a top, top player, but Harrison Burrows was excellent against Accrington and I was really pleased with how he and Dan Butler combined down the left.

“Harrison has been close to starting many times recently. He would have started at Rochdale, but he picked up an injury.

“He and Siriki are very different players. Harrison sends more crosses in which worked well for us against Accrington. Siriki is more of a dribbler which is fine also because he is very good at it.”

Posh are currently second in League One, a point behind leaders Hull City with a game in hand. Sunderland are a further two points behind Posh, but with a game in hand on Ferguson’s side.