Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has ruled million-pound frontman Tyrone Barnett out of the club’s home Championship clash against Millwall at London Road tonight (August 21).
Barnett is still being troubled by a hamstring problem initially sustained at the end of last season.
He also missed the season-opening Capital One Cup success over Southend last Tuesday and the league derby defeat at Leciester on Saturday.
Posh boss Ferguson said: “Tyrone won’t be ready for tonight as we’d don’t want to risk him.
“He really shouldn’t have been involved in the last three of four games of last season and this is the reason I brought in a new physio.
“The problem to his hamstring could have been avaoided and we have to be very cautious with it. We cannot rush him back.”
But Ferguson does still have a striking dilemma on his hands ahead of the visit of Millwall tonight.
He was impressed by the performance of Emile Sinclair as a substitute on Saturday and the former Macclesfield man is breathing down the necks of Paul Taylor and Lee Tomlin for a starting place.
Ferguson added: “Emile trained well yesterday so I have a decision to make up front.
“Emile is a real threat who is stronger and even quicker than he was last season.”
Sinclair scored 10 times for Posh last season after arriving in August, 2011.