Peterborough United defender to miss the start of the season and injured centre-back is not in Portugal

Peterborough United defender Dan Butler will miss the start of the League One season.

By Alan Swann
Wednesday, 6th July 2022, 9:57 am
Dan Butler limps off in the Championship match against Millwall. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Dan Butler limps off in the Championship match against Millwall. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

The 27 year-old suffered a horror ankle injury in a Championship match against Millwall at the Weston Homes Stadium last December.

Butler is currently with most of the Posh first-team squad at the training camp in Portugal, but he's six-to-eight weeks from a return to action according to manager Grant McCann. The League One season starts on July 30.

Young centre-back Emmanuel Fernandez is not in Portugal after suffering a weaked hamstring in training, while long-term injury victim Ollie Norburn is continuing his recovery from knee ligament surgery in the UK.

McCann said: “Dan is a litle bit behind in his rehab. I don’t really want to put a timescale on it, but he’s probably six-to-eight weeks away from returning, and maybe a little bit more.

"We are pushing him a bit this week with running and gym work. He’s a great character and he’s working hard.

"Manu just felt a tweak in his hamstring and so we felt it best to leave him behind.”

Butler’s absence could well lead to Joe Tomlinson starting as a left-sided defender in the team that travels to Cheltenham for the League One opener.