Lincoln City boss Michael Appleton has revealed some encouraging injury news ahead of Saturday’s League One clash with high-flying Peterborough United, as reported by Lincolnshire Live.
Attacking midfielder Tom Pett has been sidelined so far this campaign through a mixture of back and knee injuries, but Appleton revealed the playmaker has now trained for two weeks and could be in contention for a place in the squad for the difficult trip to London Road.
Appleton also told Lincolnshire Live club captain and fellow midfielder Lee Frecklington, and former Posh defender Michael Bostwick are also making good progress and could return to full training soon, although Saturday comes too fast for their involvement on matchday. The Imps boss said: ‘Petty is probably the closest of the three of them and he has a shout of being in the squad on Saturday. I’ll know more later this week.’
‘He’s trained with us for two weeks and has had the odd bit of stiffness in the back and the knee, but he’s then come in the following day and trained, which has got to be a good sign.’
‘He’s had pretty much two weeks of training now, so he won’t be too far away.’
‘Frecks shouldn’t be too far away. I don’t want to put a timeframe on it, but he’s probably a couple of weeks away from being involved in the squad.’
‘Bozzy, potentially this week or early next week, could start getting involved with us again [in training].’
‘It could be a bit of time before we see him on the pitch, but the pleasing thing for me is that he’s getting closer to getting out there on the grass.’
All three players were key men in last season’s League Two promotion squad and have been missed by the Imps this campaign, particularly in their poor run following the departure of the Cowleys to Huddersfield.
However, with a return to the fold for all three imminent, Appleton was relishing the prospect of picking from a group of players hungry to play. He said: ‘I’d rather have it that way rather than be scratching around trying to find players.’
‘Once we can get everyone fit, there’ll be a really healthy competition.’
Former Posh players Bostwick and Frecklington will be disappointed to miss the trip to London Road.
However, good news on their progress will delight Imps fans after the team got back on track with the win over Sunderland last time out.
Pett’s return is long-awaited, the diminutive midfielder can control games and his ability to take the ball on the half-turn often drove Lincoln forward last season.
While Lincoln’s squad is small by League One standards, they sit eleventh in the table despite a poor run of results and with three key players out, which suggests real quality at Appleton’s disposal, and Posh will have to be on top of the game if they are not to suffer a promotion set-back at the weekend.