POSH PREVIEW: Magic Marcus could be back in Peterborough United’s starting line-up

Posh star Marcus Maddison (left) in action earlier this season. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh star Marcus Maddison (left) in action earlier this season. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Marcus Maddison could start for Peterborough United in tomorrow’s (December 6) FA Cup tie against Luton Town at the ABAX Stadium.

Maddison hasn’t started a first-team match since the 5-3 League One win over Millwall on October 3. He picked up a knee injury in training the following week which kept him out of action for six weeks.

But the 22 year-old has done well coming off the substitutes’ bench in the last three first-team matches and he delivered an outstanding two-goal display for Posh reserves in a 3-2 win over Nuneaton this week (December 1).

Posh boss Graham Westley said: “Marcus is getting to the stage where I can see him starting a game. He scored two outstanding goals in the week to prove his match-winning qualities.

“We have been winning games, but as a manager you always have to be ready to make changes if you see a player who has taken his foot off the gas, or who is looking a bit tired.

“We have had an excellent November, but our December agenda is to play even better, starting with the FA Cup tie.

“The FA Cup is massive for me and the players, and huge for the club. A club can have financial dreams, players and managers have dreams of pitting themselves against the best players in the country. Fans have dreams of watching games against the biggest teams.

“I know it was in the Capital One Cup, but Bradford City have shown recently what is possible in cup football.

“We have a tough game to overcome against Luton first though.”

Jon Taylor might be the Posh player at risk if Westley decides to select Maddison. Erhun Oztumer and Harry Beautyman might also be under threat from Martin Samuelsen and Jermaine Anderson.

On-loan Samuelsen has been given permission to play in the FA Cup by West Ham. Anderson is available after serving a one-match suspension.