PANTHERS BOOSTS

Wednesday April 19, 2017
PETERBOROUGH have been boosted by a pair of upbeat medical bulletins.

The 'T Balfe Construction' Panthers will welcome Paul Starke back into action when they travel to Sheffield for an SGB Championship clash tomorrow (Thursday).

Starke withdrew from a Saturday loss at Ipswich with a shoulder injury that also kept him out of the Easter Monday revenge success against the Witches.

But he has undergone extensive physiotherapy since his Foxhall Stadium spill and will slot back into the main body of the Peterborough team against a highly-rated Tigers side.

Danish ace Kenneth Hansen will miss the trip to Owlerton Stadium, but he is set to return to the fold early next month.

Hansen has undergone blood tests and a scan in his homeland, which have revealed an infection that will be treated in the coming days.

Team boss Carl Johnson said: "We thought the trip to Sheffield might come too soon for Paul, but his shoulder has responded well to physio and he has declared himself fit.

"We're also relieved to learn that Kenneth's health issues are nothing too serious.

"It's been a worrying time for him and his family, but we hope to have him back for our next home meeting.

"Kenneth is very appreciative of the fact we didn't rush out and bring in a short-term replacement for him.

"While running rider replacement has probably hurt us a little bit, we felt that was the right thing to do."

Peterborough have three home meetings in the space of 12 days next month, starting with a visit from Edinburgh on May 7.

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