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.