Peterborough handed injury boost ahead of Sunderland clash - as Lee Burge eyes 'real boost' against Posh

Peterborough United have a clean bill of health ahead of their visit to Sunderland – with a number of players have shaken off knocks.

Friday, 25th September 2020, 4:45 pm

Posh were sweating on the fitness of some first-team players ahead of the trip to Wearside, but look set to bring a full compliment to the Stadium of Light.

Midfielder Reece Brown is available for selection after having to self-isolate, as too are Idris Kanu and Bobby Copping – who lived with Siriki Dembele, who returned a positive coronavirus test earlier this month.

Frazer Blake-Tracy has also shaken off a knock, while Ricky Jade-Jones – who picked up a minor injury in a midweek friendly with Boreham Wood – will be available for selection.

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Peterborough United full-back Dan Butler in action against Accrington Stanley

And the Sunderland squad are well aware of the quality possessed by Peterborough, with stopper Lee Burge preparing for a difficult afternoon at the Stadium of Light.

But the Black Cats’ number one is eyeing a ‘real boost’ in the form of a second win in quick succession against potential promotion rivals.

Burge kept his first clean sheet of the campaign against Oxford United last time out and has backed the defensive unit to continue their watertight start to the season in the coming weeks and months.

“We’ve got to be ready for Saturday because they’re strong opponents and we know the quality they have, particularly going forward,” he told safc.com.

“They’ll be coming into the game on a high after their win last week, but so are we and we need to focus on ourselves and make it difficult for them.

“They are always in and around the play-off places, so to pick up the three points would be a real boost.”

“We all know as a team we have to do those extra yards and give that extra 10 percent,” he added.

“The manager has been working with us at being solid as a unit and not just the backline, and it’s worked so far.

“It was great to get the clean sheet against Oxford after working so hard in training and hopefully there are many more to come this season.”

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