Peterborough United sweating on the fitness of ‘sensational’ teenage striker

Peterborough United are sweating on the fitness of striker Ricky-Jade Jones after a shoulder injury ended an outstanding personal performance in last night’s 3-2 Championship defeat at the hands of Swansea at the Weston Homes Stadium (March 16).

By Alan Swann
Thursday, 17th March 2022, 8:12 am
Ricky-Jade Jones of Peterborough United in action with Flynn Downes of Swansea City. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Ricky-Jade Jones of Peterborough United in action with Flynn Downes of Swansea City. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Jones was forced off the pitch just past the hour mark which was a relief to a visiting defence who had struggled to cope with the speed and strength of the teenager.

Jones set up a goal for Sammie Szmodics and, although his replacement Jack Marriott scored with his first touch after a dreadful defensive error, Posh promptly fizzled out as an attacking force.

“Ricky was sensational,” Posh manager Grant McCann said. “He was a real bright spark and it was a massive loss for us when he came off. I know Jack went on and scored, but we missed Ricky who was excellent. He was strong, quick and he deivered some excellent crosses that we should have made more of.

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“He fell on his shoulder and I just hope it’s not serious. It’s very frustrating as Ricky has been in a good place with his fitness lately.”

McCann reavled he substituted Szmodics soon after Posh took a 2-1 lead to ensure the groin problem that kept him out of Saturday’s draw with Stoke didn’t return.