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Peterborough suffer double blow on eve of Birmingham City clash

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson has confirmed that his side have suffered a double blow on the eve of welcoming Birmingham City to London Road this weekend.

The newly promoted side will be without striker Jack Marriott and midfielder Joel Randall for the foreseeable future – the latter certainly is out for at least 10 weeks – and both will certainly miss Blues ’ visit on Saturday.

“Jack is having a scan later today, but it’s not looking good,” Ferguson told the Peterborough Today of the injury problems he’s having to content with. “It is a hamstring injury and the early diagnosis says it’s a bad one. He had a similar injury while at Sheffield Wednesday last season so he could be out for a while.

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“It’s a blow because he had started to look sharp again. We thought we had him back to full fitness and he was linking up well with Jonson Clarke-Harrris at Reading. I feel for him as he has had bad injuries before. I could be wrong about the injury, you never know, but it doesn’t look great for him.

“Joel’s injury was avoidable as it happened a while ago and it wasn’t reported, but he will be out for 10 weeks or so. I feel for him as well as he is such a versatile and talented lad.

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“They are bitter blows for the players and for us, but injuries are part and parcel of football and we have to get on with things. It’s no use feeling sorry for ourselves.”

Blues head to Peterborough having already taken seven points on the road so far this season, including wins to nil against Sheffield United and Luton Town.

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