Untested Posh goalkeeper could be thrust into the heat of a League One promotion battle

Peterborough United’s untested back-up goalkeeper Dan Gyollai could be thrust into the heat of a League One promotion battle.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 2:31 pm
Dan Gyollai.
Dan Gyollai.

First choice number one Christy Pym is due to have a scan on a hip injury picked up in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Sunderland today (April 7).

If Pym is ruled out short term Hungarian youth international Gyollai (24) would be handed a first career Football League start at Swindon on Saturday (April 10). If Pym is ruled out for the season Posh would probably use the emergency loan system as neither Gyollai, who was signed in the summer from Wigan and has played only in EFL Trophy ties, nor Academmy goalkeeping graduate Will Blackmore have made five Football League appearances.

Posh boss Darren Ferguson believes Pym is definitely doubtful for the Swindon match as is forward Samie Szmodics who picked up a shoulder injury in the Sunderland game.

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Christy Pym.

“Christy and Sammie are both still very sore,” Ferguson told the PT today (April 7). “I would have to say both are doubtful for the weekend, although Sammie is usually a quick healer and I have no doubt he will want to play at Swindon. Sammie fell awkwardly on his shoulder in the first half against Sunderland.

“Christy did well to finish the Sunderland game. He hurt himself kicking the ball. His scan results should be back tonight and then I will decide what course of action to take.

“If he’s out for one or two matches then I wouldn’t go for a loan goalkeeper. If he’s out for longer I would try and get someone in as I would need someone with Football League experience.

“I can get someone from the Championship, but not the Premier League.”

Ferguson confirmed star forward Siriki Dembele is fit enough to play 90 minutes with the back problem that kept him out of the recent 7-0 romp over Accrington having eased considerably. Dembele was left on the substitutes’ bench for tactical reasons, for both Easter matches, although he came on to score against Sunderland. He would be the obvious replacement for Szmodics.

“Siriki is still feeling pain,” Ferguson added. “But he can start games now.”