Date:Friday September 6 2013
What are the Peterborough United manager and players saying about the upcoming match at Crewe Alexandra?
Posh boss Darren Ferguson will be forced to make a change on Saturday after captain Tommy Rowe suffered an injury in last Saturday`s defeat to Crawley Town.
"At the moment I`ll have to say his chances are slim," said Darren Ferguson.
"He`s recovered fairly quickly but we won`t be risking anyone at any stage of the season."
Another player who picked up a slight injury was Danny Kearns but he is fit for the Crewe match: "He trained today and is fine. He`s OK, he trained well. It`s just Tommy Rowe really."
After suffering their first defeat of the season, Posh boss Darren Ferguson will be looking carefully at his squad and who to select for the Crewe match.
"I`ve got a squad now. I had a tough decision for the Crawley game and I`ve got another tough decision for the Crewe game. It`s up to me to pick the right team." said Fergie.
That suggests the likes of Payne, Swanson, Knight-Percival and Little could all be pushing for a starting place.
"The four that came in against Reading and didn`t start against Crawley will be in my thoughts. Mendez came on and did well so I`ve got different options and Joe Newell`s back in the squad and fit which I`m very pleased about so I`ve definitely got options.
"I don`t know if he`s going to be there," said Fergie when asked whether Newell would replace the injured Tommy Rowe. "I want the boy back in the squad and with Tommy being out he is the natural one to fill in there. The boys a really good player but he`s had a slow start to the season and I`m really looking for him to kick on. He`ll be in the squad but whether he starts, I`ve not made my mind up yet."
One player hoping to get a chance is Nathaniel Mendez-Laing [pictured above].
"There`s always flexibility within our team. We have two or three different formations so Mendez did well when he came on [against Crawley]. He had an impact at least." continued Fergie.
Mendez-Laing has taken on board his lessons learnt after coming back to pre-season in poor physical condition and is determined to get back into first team contention: "The manager let me know that was wrong and I`m feeling good again now. I`m feeling sharp and things are starting to look better for me.
"I do everything I can whenever I come on as a substitute and I`m just waiting for my chance to get into the team.
"I`ve been getting more minutes as the games go by and hopefully I can get back to the form I was showing at the end of last season."
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