Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has today (February 15) hinted at a return to his first-team squad for record signing Tyrone Barnett.
The £1.1 million signing was thought to have played his last game for Posh after a bust-up with the manager over an unauthorised night-out in Peterborough city centre last November.
Barnett was immediately loaned out to Championship rivals Ipswich Town, but he damaged knee ligaments while at Portman Road and has since been recovering at Posh.
Ferguson said: “I know what I said earlier in the season, but circumstances change. Ty has been injured and I am short on strikers so I’d be foolish to cut off my nose to spite my face.
“To be fair to Ty since he came back to us he has has kept his head down, knuckled down and got on with his work, It’s what I expected him to do and I still plan to sit down with the boy and have a chat before we make any decisions on his future.
“He’s been running and he’s done a bit of ball work, but he’s still two-to-three weeks away from fitness.”
Ferguson could need all the players he can muster as Posh are approaching a hectic run of fixtures. Starting at Millwall next Tuesday (February 19), Posh face midweek Championship matches for four successive weeks, including the re-arranged games at Bolton (February 26) and Leeds (March 12).
But the boss is unconcerned by the busy schedule.
Ferguson added: “We play better when we are busy. That’s why I arranged a friendly this week (Posh beat Notts County 5-0) as I wanted to keep our momentum up.
“It is a busy time for us, but we have had a couple of weekends off recently so we are relatively fresh.”
Ferguson plans to watch Millwall in their fifth round FA Cup tie with Luton at Kenilworth Road tomorrow (February 16).