POSH LATEST: Defensive dilemma for Peterborough United

Posh central defender Michael Bostwick needs a partner for the game against Barnsley.
Posh central defender Michael Bostwick needs a partner for the game against Barnsley.
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Peterborough United have a major central defensive problem ahead of tomorrow’s (November 24) League One home game with Barnsley at the ABAX Stadium.

Ricardo Santos and Jack Baldwin are suspended, while Gaby Zakuani won’t be available because of a hamstring injury. Shaun Brisley is also unavailable because of injury.

On-loan Chelsea defender Alex Davey has fallen so far out of favour he wasn’t even included in the reserve team squad that took on Northampton last week. Officially Davey is on loan at Posh until January 2, but hasn’t appeared in afirst-team match since appearing as a second-half substitute in the 3-2 home defeat by Bury on September 29.

Michael Bostwick is an experienced centre-­back, but he has no obvious partner tomorrow. Youngster Brad Maslen­-Jones is thought unlikely to make his debut and Posh are reluctant to enter the loan market, although they may be forced to make a move if Zakuani’s absence turns out to be a lengthy one. Baldwin hasn’t started a League One match for over a year because of a serious knee injury.

The deadline for loan transfers is this Thursday (November 26).

Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony was vocal on Twitter yesterday. He said: “Meeting the Gaffer to discuss if anything needed before window closes this week due to suspensions/injuries, but I know he isn’t massively keen on bringing too many in as we have good camp who are in a good place & important that doesn’t change.”

MacAnthony was also full of praise for 19 year-­old midfielder Jermaine Anderson who scored twice in Saturday’s (November 21) 5-­1 League One win at Crewe.

Anderson, who has now scored five goals in his last four matches, is a transfer target for Championship sides Fulham and Charlton according to one national newspaper report yesterday.

MacAnthony added: “To see one of our youth team graduates at 19 doing so well with six goals/five assists in like 16/17 starts is fantastic for club/system/policy.”

Posh will tomorrow be hoping to break a long run of poor form at home in Tuesday League One matches. They haven’t won one since April 2014. They’ve lost all three of their home Tuesday matches in League One this season against Sheffield United, Bury and Wigan.

Barnsley broke an eight-­match losing streak with a 2­1 success at Oldham on Saturday. The Tykes arrive at Posh in 21st place.