Blackburn v Peterboro preview

Leon Best might have to wait a little longer for his Blackburn
debut as npower Championship basement boys Peterborough prepare to
visit Ewood Park.

Best scored for Rovers’ reserves earlier this week as he
continued his rehabilitation from cruciate knee ligament damage
sustained during pre-season but, as is common when returning from
such injuries, the Republic of Ireland international is suffering
from swelling around the joint.

“If Leon is physically okay and his knee is okay then I’d like
to get him involved if I can,” said boss Michael Appleton on
Blackburn’s official website.

“But every now and again his knee does get a little bit of
swelling after certain training sessions, so again it will come
down to the player. It is pretty much the norm, but the timing
isn’t great.”

Fabio Nunes also featured for the second string following a
hamstring injury lay-off and could come into contention, although
fellow winger Josh King is a fortnight away due to a similar
complaint.

Lee Williamson, Colin Kazim-Richards (both ankle), Martin Olsson
(eye), Dickson Etuhu (knee), David Dunn (calf) and Paul Robinson
(back) remain sidelined.

Peterborough are assessing Davide Petrucci.

Petrucci suffered a recurrence of the hamstring injury that kept
him out of the previous two matches as Posh lost 1-0 to Bolton on
Tuesday night, and he is a doubt.

Jack Payne impressed after replacing Petrucci just before
half-time at the Reebok Stadium and he could start on Saturday
should the on-loan Manchester United midfielder return to the
sidelines.

Teenage left-back Kgosi Ntlhe could now be ready to return to
the squad after a couple of run-outs for the reserves following a
broken ankle.

Striker Tyrone Barnett may also come into contention after
recovering from a knee injury.