Posh v Forest preview: Wootton’s back and he’s ready to make up for lost time

Peterborough United's Scott Wootton. Photo: Alan Storer/Peterborough ET
Peterborough United's Scott Wootton. Photo: Alan Storer/Peterborough ET
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SCOTT Wootton is back at London Road and determined to take two months of frustration out on Championship opposition.

The defender on a season-long loan from Manchester United has recovered from a serious knee injury and is in contention for a starting place in the Boxing Day fixture at Nottingham Forest, albeit in an unfamiliar midfield role.

Wootton has started just four matches for Posh and none since the 2-0 Carling Cup defeat at home to Middlesbrough at the end of August.

The 20 year-old damaged a cartilage in his knee in a training ground accident at the end of September and returned to Old Trafford for treatment.

“It’s been a very frustrating time for me,” Wootton admitted. “But the rehab has gone well. I’ve played two reserve team games for Manchester United with no ill effects so I’m ready for action if the manager needs me.

“I have played in midfield before and I don’t think I let anyone down so I’d love another crack.

“The season hasn’t really taken off for me yet so I now just need to start playing games. The Championship is a tough league with some big clubs involved and I’m determined to make an impact.

“We still have around 25 games to go so there’s still plenty of time for me.

“It was irritating to pick up the injury in the first place. I just went in for a slide tackle. I felt something go, but I carried on training thinking it was just a minor thing.

“But I’ve received great treatment at United and made good progress. I feel strong now and ready to do myself justice.”

Wootton’s participation at Forest could depend on the fitness of Lee Tomlin and Lee Frecklington.

It was thought Tomlin would be out for the entire festive programme after picking up a knee injury in last Saturday’s win over Coventry, while surgery on a troublesome groin was a possibility for Frecklington.

But both have responded well to treatment and could be involved at Forest.